Why Japan May Pass On The Bordeaux

You have to wonder about French President Jacques Chirac's sense of timing--and history. With the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima approaching on Aug. 6, Chirac announced in mid-June that France would conduct nuclear tests in the South Pacific. In doing so, he touched off such deep resentment among the Japanese that they could end up boycotting some $6 billion in French imports, ranging from Louis Vuitton handbags to Chteau Margaux.

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