Swiss bid to brand absinthe faces French challenge

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Distillers from France are challenging a bid by producers of absinthe in the Neuchtel region of Val-de-Travers to protect the strong liquor, banned for most of the last century but now undergoing a trendy revival, as uniquely Swiss. The French group, calling the move a provocation, is filing an appeal with the federal agricultural department to protect its industry, despite the fact they are unable to use the A word in labelling.

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