Protests by French Vintners Turn Violent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Montpellier, France (AP) Winemakers in southern France have burned two police cars and vandalized supermarkets during protests to demand government aid.

The vintners in France's Languedoc-Roussillon Region have been protesting plummeting prices for regional wines as well as rising fuel costs.

A top regional officia says protesters broke windows at the courthouse in the city of Montpellier. In nearby Montagnac, protesters wielding baseball bats chased police from their vehicles and set the cars on fire.

Schott says protesters damaged four bank buildings.

At three regional supermarkets they sacked the wine aisles. The official says two police were slightly injured in the protests.

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