French Wine Regulators Strike Over Planned Branch Cuts, RVF Says

Employees of France’s Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualite, or INAO, who oversee food and agriculture quality including wine classifications, held a strike yesterday to protest against planned closures of branch offices, La Revue du Vin de France said.

The number of regional offices will be cut to 16 from 25 under proposed spending restrictions, with employees being offered the possibility to move office or take alternative work in the civil service, according to RVF’s website. One office affected is in the Loire wine district of Sancerre, RVF said.

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