• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3

French 'wine militants' blamed for bomb blast

Ben McPartland · 18 Jul 2013, 13:17

Published: 18 Jul 2013 13:17 GMT+02:00

The Socialist Party office in the southern city of Carcassonne was hit buy an explosive device in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The explosion caused windows to be blown out and part of the ceiling to collapse. Windows at a school across the road were also blown in by the force of the blast.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack but graffiti left at the scene suggests so called wine militants may have been behind it.

The letters CAV were sprayed on the wall outside the offices in blue and red paint. CAV stands for Comité d’action Viticole (winemakers action committee).

The surname of France’s agriculture minister Stephane le Foll was also sprayed on the wall.

According to the Independent newspaper in Montpellier the initial inquiry suggested a gas cannister was used in the blast. The newspaper also claimed a party meeting had taken place at the offices just a couple of hours before the explosion.

Wine producers have in recent years, let off their anger in the direction of the authorities after becoming unhappy at the influx of cheap foreign imports, low prices and unfair competition.

There is also a suggestion that wine growers are unhappy at the delay of a government bill which would have seen them receive 15 percent of sales in advance.

Offices belonging to the ministry of agriculture have been targeted with explosive devices in the past and former President Nicolas Sarkozy was sent a video message in which balaclava wearing militants threatened violence if the president did come to the aid of struggling wine growers in Languedoc-Rousillon.

Regional Socialist Party chief Eric Andrieu condemned the action saying ‘’nothing justifies such acts’’.

"I am sorry you can always discuss things. I think the people behind this have not realized the danger of their actions.

"to put a bomb like that in the city center during Festival de la Cité, at midnight when there are still people in the streets."

Story continues below…

"It has been signed by the CAV but we are trying to identify any claims of responsibility that may explain the act," he added.

The country’s Agriculture Minister Le Foll also expressed his dismay at the militant action and defended the government’s efforts to protect the wine producers.

"When it comes to wine production, France has managed to obtain many things from the latest negotiations at European level.

"I do not understand this attitude and the use of such violence in this incident. »Wine militants suspected of bombing Socialist party offices

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

16 things you almost certainly didn't know about France
One of the most famous roundabouts in the land of roundabouts. Photo: Amy Anderson/Flickr

Here are 16 facts from the brand new trivia book "F is for France". Did you know any of them? Be honest now.

Burqini row
Bretons bathe fully clothed as Muslim asked to leave beach
Photo: Screen shot/Ouest France

Protesters in Brittany take to the sea fully clothed after video emerges of a veil-wearing Muslim woman being asked to leave the beach in Nice, despite France's top court ruling burqini-bans are illegal.

American businessman to take over French club Marseille
Photo: AFP

The former owner of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team is set to become the new owner of troubled French football club Marseille.

Why expats are still happy about life in France
Photo: Dennis Jarvis/FLickr

Despite the fear over the heightened risk of terror attacks, expats are still very much content with the quality of life in France, a new survey has shown. Although there are drawbacks as well as positives.

Calais camp 'to pass 10,000' as UK warned over border
Photos: AFP

The camp's population has more than doubled since June, police say, as French politicians again call for the border deal with the UK to be torn up.

Parisians ignore 1923 ban to take the plunge in waterway
All photos: AFP

IN PICTURES: See Parisians take to the biggest swimming pool in the city.

Paris restaurant owner tells Muslim women to leave
Photo: AFP

Then says sorry after provoking outrage.

British man dies in France after trying to swim Channel
Photo Kondol/ Flickr

A British man's attempt to swim to France ended in tragedy.

French anti-burqini law would create 'irreparable tension'
Photo: AFP

A law banning the controversial burqini swim wear in France would be "unconstitutional" the French interior minister has warned and would create "irreparable tension".

Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Education
French schools to ramp up security with 'mock attacks'
Sponsored Article
5 reasons to try dating in Paris with The Inner Circle
Features
Where to go in France to find the best ice cream
National
Majority in France against burqinis on beaches
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
How to keep cool during France's heatwave
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Society
Parisians invited to swim in the Bassin de la Villette
Society
Five tips for surviving an internship in France
Politics
Déja vu? Familiar faces in France's presidential race
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
National
Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Eight tips on buying wine in a French supermarket
Society
Here's how to enjoy Paris (while avoiding the heat)
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Society
Ten mistakes to avoid when dating a Frenchman
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Society
Twelve 'French' things that aren't actually French at all
'World's priciest home' on sale in French Riviera for €1 billion
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Lifestyle
RECIPE: How to make the tastiest ratatouille
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Paris sees Europe's biggest plunge in 'liveability'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
National
Life on the home front in rural France's 'war on terror'
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Features
Weird facts you didn't know about the French language
Society
Paris foodie event cancelled over lack of security
How to tackle six of the trickiest French verbs
National
Summer in France - 'the ideal time to find a job'
National
'Burqini bans will only divide France more'
National
French vineyards revive horse-drawn ploughs
French mayor bans Pokemon Go app from his village
2,752
jobs available