They - the French I mean - don't like beer. Well, in truth, quite a lot of French folk like beer. But their government doesn't:
Despite the best and combined efforts of brewers, bar-owners, consumers, politicians, citizens and celebrities over the last six weeks, the French Parliament last night approved a bill to hike French beer tax by a massive 160%.
Note this is just beer - not wine, not cider: only beer. It is a blatant piece of preference to the (almost untaxed) wine business. Mind you, even after this massive hike in rates, the duty on beer in France will still be less than a quarter of the rate in the UK.