By fining a small French magazine $375,000 for using a scatological reference to describe Beaujolais wines, a French court has caused a furor over freedom of speech in the country. In its July-August 2002 issue, Lyon Mag' published an interview in which a wine personality, François Mauss, criticized Beaujolais producers for knowingly making "vin de merde," or "shit wine.
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