Its a shame because it was an enjoyable part of the job but [if you’re] working overseas you have to abide by local rules. Terry James Walker Terry James Walker, freelance mountaineering instructor “It’s the equivalent of someone leading a group up Snowdon, Scafell or Nevis without any qualification. “They might be great and well experienced, but there is no guarantee that they will have the duty of care for the group. They can get lost, go off piste by accident, head down a steep slope that could lead to a client getting injured or the weather may turn bad and they don’t recognise signs of hypothermia/frost bite in the group. “A member might get injured and there is no definitive training laid out for incidents and emergencies or the best course of action.” Tim Francis, freelance outdoors instructor “Whether it’s summer or winter seasons, there is a dislike toward the British companies operating and providing guiding services. If they did the same in our country, I’m not sure it would be received well either. Part of the problem is that ski seasons are a temporary job for a lot of UK people, whereas in France, it’s viewed as a career, and they pay huge amounts for the qualification. “There is also an issue with French law – and EU law differing – the EU would allow it, whereas French law wouldn’t, partly on the basis of taking jobs from the French. “Either way ski ‘hosting’ sounds like a grey area in a region with so many lifts… there should maybe be some equivalent qualification to prove competency – as they have in summer activities, such as a ‘walking group leader’ who is different to a ‘full mountain leader’.” Gareth Jefferies Gareth Jefferies, Alpine property co-owner “I’m someone who has fallen foul of French law from an MTB (mountain biking) perspective and it cost me plenty. “I’ve also worked as a ski host for a couple of years. I live here and am completely legit, though I would not be surprised if I found myself in grief again, it’s the price you have to pay for running a business here. It’s got nothing to do with my nationality either.
France struggles to address racial profiling by police
After a cold and wet spring hampered flowering, followed by hail damage in Burgundy and Bordeaux, Frances production of designated-origin wines is forecast to be little changed from a year earlier at 19.8 million hectoliters, the report showed. Output of wine for distilling and lower-priced generic wines is predicted to rise. The harvests are starting late, in September for those most advanced but for the most part the volumes should be gathered in October, the ministry wrote. The fungus botrytis is developing on white-wine grapes in Burgundy as well as grapes in Bordeaux, the Charentes region and Frances southwest, which may prompt growers to accelerate the harvest, according to the report. In the Champagne region, production is still forecast to jump 43 percent from 2012, when vines supplying grapes for the bubbly wine named after the region suffered from frost damage, mildew and the fungus oidium. The regions wine volume is predicted to jump to 2.82 million hectoliters from a previous outlook for 2.99 million hectoliters. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, based in Paris, is the worlds largest maker of champagne, with brands including Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon . Vranken-Pommery Monopole SA (VRAP) ranks second, followed by Pernod-Ricard SA and Laurent-Perrier. 2012 Vintage Frances 2012 vintage was the smallest in more than four decades after grapes across the country suffered from drought, humidity, frost, disease and hail, with final output more than 10 percent below an initial forecast. Volume in the Bordeaux region, Frances biggest producer of designated-origin wines, may fall 19 percent to 4.43 million hectoliters, unchanged from last months outlook. Hailstorms in the Bordeaux region at the start of August damaged vines in the Libournais area that includes Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, as well as the Entre-Deux-Mers area. That caused losses estimated at about 78 million bottles. The harvest of white-wine grapes is nearing completion in Bordeaux, while gathering of the red-wine grapes started at the end of September, the ministry wrote. The outlook for Burgundy and Beaujolais was raised to 2.19 million hectoliters from 2.18 million hectoliters a month ago as September rain favored filling of grapes in Beaujolais, according to the report. The volume is expected to climb 21 percent from 2012.
France Cuts Wine Outlook Third Time on Hail Damage in Champagne
In accordance with French law, no information regarding the individuals race or religion would be recorded on the documents. Rather, the written records would provide a data base of how many people are being subject to the identity checks and what reasons police are providing for performing them. A success in Spain and UK Though the keeping of written records has provoked debate in France, Hammadi pointed out that it has already proven satisfactory in other countries, not just for citizens, but also for the police. Implemented in the UK in 1984, the system is also used in certain US states, Canada and in the Spanish city of Fuenlabrada (near Madrid). According to David Martin Abanades, a police officer in Fuenlabrada, keeping written records has resulted in a 50% reduction in identity checks since 2007, when the practice was implemented. The results are extremely positive, Abanades told French radio station France Inter in October 2012. The image of the police has improved in the eyes of the people. A group of French associations collectively called Stop Racial Profiling, created nearly three years ago, hopes that such a system would have the same impact in France. Identity checks in the street are the only police act that leaves no trace, said Sihame Assbague, the groups spokesperson. Our goal isnt to eliminate them. We just want to end a discriminatory practice  Racial profiling is illegal and unconstitutional. Weve been asking for written records to be kept for the past three years. Assbague specified that cities like Dijon and Paris have even volunteered to test the system.