For Michel Chapoutier, “it is enormous !”. The producer and merchant, figure of the Rhône valley, and CEO of the house that bears his name, does not take offense at franceinfo. Since Tuesday January 12, the United States applies new taxes on French wines : + 25%. This sanction follows other American taxes, within the framework of the old conflict between Europe and Washington on the subject of aeronautics. The two sides blame each other for their mutual subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.
Michel Chapoutier explains that “the most expensive wines go to the United States “. “At the level of France [et pour l’ensemble de la filière], he explains, already last year, it cost nearly 400 million euros. There, it will cost 600 million more. We think that in 2021 it will cost us a billion euros “.
The leader, who also chairs the Union of Houses and Wine Brands, denounces the French and European attitude: “This second wave of taxation is the result of a real fault by our rulers “, which, after a first round of taxes, taxed back American products several months ago. According to him, it would have been necessary to wait for the end of Donald Trump’s mandate, and the arrival of a new president in the United States, in a more serene atmosphere.
Today, Michel Chapoutier is asking for a refund of the sums lost. Who should do it? “Airbus or the State! “, he replies.