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They say the grass is greener on the other side, but Brits can be thankful that this doesn’t apply to international waters, as the other side of the Atlantic is currently under president Donald Trump’s government.

Trump has ignited a spat between the US and France on Tuesday by criticising France for its tariffs on US wine imports, which he claims are preventing US producers from selling their wines in France.

“On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S,” Trump tweeted. “The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!”

Wine Twitter quickly piled on the president.

Eric Asimov, wine critic for the New York Times, pointed out that the French may not be buying much American wine, “but it’s not because of high tariffs”.

“European wine regions have a centuries old practice of drinking local wines,” he tweeted. “This is heritage but it is slowly evolving. Still, it’s rare that anybody in Sicily will drink Tuscan wine and vice versa. You don’t see much Bordeaux in Burgundy, though you do see Burgundy in Bordeaux more and more. It’s a matter of tradition and of taste more than tariffs.”

 

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