Foreign News: Barred Bars

Tipplers who headed for any of the 17 Whisky à Gogo (Whisky Galore) bars in Paris and on the Riviera last week found themselves locked out. On the doors were big red, white and blue signs that read cryptically: "Temporary protest shutdown. Scotch remains English. Champagne must remain French."

The Whisky à Gogo lockout, which Director Paul Pacini promises will continue indefinitely, was prompted by a new British court decision allowing a Spanish wine company to describe its inexpensive bubbly product as "Spanish champagne." The French reaction was choleric, for France feels so...

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