• France's news in English
 

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."

"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
Paris 'scared' by Berlin over economic policy
Is France too intimidated by Germany to bring an end to austerity? Photo: AFP

Paris 'scared' by Berlin over economic policy

21 minutes ago

France has been intimidated by Germany into pursuing an economic policy that isn't working, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz claimed on Monday.

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

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

58 minutes ago

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.

Swathes of France on alert for violent storms
Storms are set to hit south west France. Photo: AFP

Swathes of France on alert for violent storms

3 hours ago

UPDATED: The country’s weather agency Météo France has placed 25 départements in the south west and centre of the country on storm alert on Monday, with downpours, gales and even hailstorms forecast.

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'
Michel Combes has come in for criticism from pretty much everyone for his reported €14million bonuses. Photo: AFP

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'

11 hours ago

UPDATED: The head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Monday said he wouldn't give in to government pressure to give up bonuses which could see him receive around €14 million ($15.7 million) as part of its buyout by rival Nokia.

One in ten French ER units should go: report
Dozens of hospital emergency wards could close across France. Photo: AFP

One in ten French ER units should go: report

4 hours ago

Dozens of emergency service units in France are not treating enough patients to be viable and should be downgraded, a new report being studied by the health ministry argues.

Calais migrants crisis
France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

7 hours ago

France is to build a new humanitarian camp in Calais for 1,500 migrants with construction to begin in 2016, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Monday. The EU will stump up the money for the new camp.

Monaco's Martial to 'sign contract with Man Utd'
French striker Anthony Martial is heading to Man United it seems. Photo: AFP

Monaco's Martial to 'sign contract with Man Utd'

7 hours ago

Monaco forward Anthony Martial has been given permission by France coach Didier Deschamps "to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United", the French Football Federation announced on Monday.

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief
France's finance minister said it seemed 'legitimate' to give back something to France's less well off for their efforts. File photo:AFP

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief

9 hours ago

France's finance minister on Monday confirmed the country would push ahead with massive tax relief for the nation’s less well off, saying the money was available, despite the doom and gloom around the economy.

Train security: France could ban passengers
Train security agents on French trains would have greater powers of detention under the proposed new rules. Photo: AFP

Train security: France could ban passengers

10 hours ago

Under draft plans aimed to beef up security on its train network after the recent foiled terror attack, France looks set to impose an outright travel ban on certain individuals.

Ligue 1 Round-up
PSG crush Monaco to take control of Ligue 1
Edinson Cavani celebrates after PSG's latest win. Game over in Ligue 1? Photo: AFP

PSG crush Monaco to take control of Ligue 1

12 hours ago

Game over? With unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain crushing rivals Monaco 3-0 on Sunday night, to record their fourth straight win, it appears the battle for Ligue 1 might already be up, before the end of August.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

Opinion
French education is in 'crisis' - Here are ten ways to fix it
French minister says 35-hour week not working in France
IN PICS: Police evict 300 people from France's oldest shanty town
Features
Take a look at some of the wackiest bars you can find in Paris
National
Feminist stunt sees French road signs changed for the day
Travel
Could coaches overtake trains when it comes to travelling in France?
Meet the five heroes who foiled the French train attack
National
France set for 'tourism record' of 85 million visitors in 2015
National
Paris students are helping police to warn Asian visitors about crime
Naked couple found dead beside French fortress
Europe's biggest science museum burns in Paris
Robber found half-naked and asleep in French beauty salon
National
Here are eight tips for blending in with the French while at the beach
Humans of Paris: We meet the man changing our perception of Parisians
National
France reveals new plans for Sunday and late-night shopping
Read about this revolutionary kidney op in a Toulouse hospital
National
Panic after four dogs 'poisoned' after walks in Paris park
France hit by huge summer spike in abandoned pets
National
France boils in second hottest summer ever
Technology
Meet Max - the first person in France to receive a 3D-printed hand
Politics
French minister admits to 'Obama engagement' tweeting mishap
Features
From giant bubbles to treehouses - here are the craziest hotels in France
National
How would you like to spend a night in the Palace of Versailles?
French manager paid to do nothing for 12 years
Features
We talk to Calais residents about their migrant crisis
National
Cow spared after fleeing from abattoir in France
FIVE reasons why everyone should visit Calais... yes Calais
Travel
France for adrenaline junkies: Ten crazy things to do
VIDEO: Slingshot elastic breaks on ride at French theme park
This plant might spell the end of the Asian hornet invasion
Who says the French don't like speaking English
National
It may be trickier to find a baguette in Paris this August
Killers of French student were 'inspired by Breaking Bad'
Ten must-see French gems you probably never thought of visiting
Is it time for France to force Britain to move border back across Channel?
Is romance in France just a "heterosexual concept"?
Can YOU pronounce these ten French town names?
Dog buried alive sparks French social media fury
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se