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Over-served Frenchmen verbally and physically attack Chinese wine students.

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Six Chinese oenology students were attacked June 14 in Bordeaux, France, causing international tension between France and China, notably with the Sino-French wine trade.

The six students were in France to study wine-making at the Château la Tour Blanche vineyard. The attack reportedly occurred at their residence in Hostens, when three drunken men shouted racial slurs at them.

One woman, 24 years old, was hospitalized after being struck in the face with a bottle. On Sunday it was reported her condition was stable.

The three men have been indicted on hate crime charges and are in police custody. The night of the attack, they admit they had drank one too many and don’t remember the events that transpired.

The Chinese embassy in Paris quickly responded to the situation, urging France to “investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students.”

In response, the French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls labeled the attack “xenbophobic,” listing the slurs that were supposedly shouted during the assault.

“It’s the image of France that suffers because of these xenophobic attitudes. I have full confidence...that justice will be swiftly meted out,” Agriculture minister Stéphane le Foll told La Jeune Politique.

China is one of the biggest consumers of French wine with 48 percent of imported vintages importing from France. It is also the leading overseas consumer of Bordeaux wines.


China condemns attack on students in France

PARIS - The Chinese embassy on Sunday strongly condemned an attack on six Chinese students in western France, demanding French authorities bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of Chinese students in the country.

An official statement said that related Chinese government departments and the Chinese embassy in France are highly concerned about the incident.

The Chinese embassy has sent officials to Bordeaux to follow up the incident, assist the handling of related problems, visit the injured students and convey the concerns and condolences from Chinese Education Minister Yuan Guiren.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday condemned the attack on the six Chinese students in France's western Gironde Province, describing it as an act of xenophobia.

Valls said in a statement that the three attackers will be punished by law and the French government will provide full support for the relatives of the injured students.

According to the statement, three drunk local men attacked the six Chinese oenology students on Friday night at their home in Hostens, south of Gironde.

A female student at the age of around 20 was seriously injured in the face by a glass bottle and has already been sent to a hospital in the western city of Bordeaux for further treatment, it said.

Two of the alleged suspects have been detained, the statement added.

The six Chinese students arrived in France two months ago for a one-year training course.

French local media reported that the suspects are the neighbors of the six Chinese students.

The police called on the three men on Friday night as they made too much noise, and then the drunk suspects attacked the Chinese students as they believed it was their neighbors that had complained to the police about the noise.


Turmoil in China Tiananmen Crackdown: Student's Account Questioned on Major Points

Yesterday The New York Times published what purported to be an account by a witness of troops attacking students on Tiananmen Square in Beijing before dawn on June 4. The article was published by the Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po, which said it was the account of an unidentified 20-year-old Chinese student, and was republished in The San Francisco Examiner. Nicholas D. Kristof, the Beijing correspondent of The Times, reports that the article does not correspond with accounts of other witnesses on important points.

This reporter and many other witnesses saw troops shoot and kill people before dawn on June 4. But these shootings occurred in a different place from that described in the Wen Wei Po article and in somewhat different circumstances.

The question of where the shootings occurred has significance because of the Government's claim that no one was shot on Tiananmen Square. State television has even shown film of students marching peacefully away from the square shortly after dawn as proof that they were not slaughtered. The disagreement is partly one about definition of the square.

The central scene in the article is of troops beating and machine-gunning unarmed students clustered around the Monument to the People's Heroes in the middle of Tiananmen Square. Several other witnesses, both Chinese and foreign, say this did not happen.

Troops fired on civilians in many parts of the city, but the shooting was concentrated along the Avenue of Eternal Peace, or Changan Avenue, which runs on the north side of the square. There was heavy shooting in the Muxidi district to the west of Tiananmen Square, and there were also many casualties along the Avenue of Eternal Peace to the immediate east of the square, as well as on streets to the south of the square.

This reporter saw troops fire on and kill people on the Avenue of Eternal Peace on the northern part of the square as well as some who were on a segment of the square just north of the avenue, near the Tiananmen Gate. But there is no firm indication that troops fired on the students occupying the monument in the middle of the square. On the Museum's Roof

There is also no evidence of machine-gun emplacements on the roof of the history museum that were reported in the Wen Wei Po article. This reporter was directly north of the museum and saw no machine guns there. Other reporters and witnesses in the vicinity also failed to see them.

The information in the Wen Wei Po article about students having 23 assault rifles and trying to return them to the army does correspond to a rumor that may have been correct. The rumor also reported, as does the article, that the army refused to take them back so that it could accuse the students of staging an armed rebellion.

But the article reports that the weapons were destroyed on the steps of the monument and this would have been difficult to do covertly. This reporter and many others were wandering about that day and some were constantly stationed on the monument. None of the correspondents there are known to have reported seeing any weapons destroyed.

The article reports that the lights on the square were extinguished at 4 A.M., and this is confirmed by three people who were on the square all night, two Chinese students and one French correspondent.

The central theme of the Wen Wei Po article was that troops subsequently beat and machine-gunned students in the area around the monument and that a line of armored vehicles cut off their retreat. But the witnesses say that armored vehicles did not surround the monument - they stayed at the north end of the square - and that troops did not attack students clustered around the monument. Several other foreign journalists were near the monument that night as well and none are known to have reported that students were attacked around the monument.

The witnesses give the same account. While troops were shooting in all areas around the square, they did not attack the students clustered around the monument. Instead, the students and a pop singer, Hou Dejian, were negotiating with the troops and decided to leave at dawn, between 5 A.M. and 6 A.M. The students all filed out together. Chinese television has shown scenes of the students leaving and of the apparently empty square as troops moved in as the students left. Few Could Have Remained

The witnesses do not definitely assert that nobody was killed in the center of the square. Some workers and students may have remained behind, but they would have numbered not more than in the dozens. Some protesters may also have been in the tents and been crushed by tanks, but they too would have been a relatively small number. The great majority left unhurt and were not shot at, the witnesses say.

The Wen Wei Po article also reported that the author had returned to the square in the early morning. But other witnesses say that the area was blocked off by thousands of soldiers and that there was still shooting going on in the area, so that it would have been difficult to go back.

The Wen Wei Po article catches the atmosphere and the terror but it has the clashes unfolding in the wrong place. On the Avenue of Eternal Peace, on the northern edge of the square, protesters were being killed by machine-gun fire, but not at the monument.


6 Chinese students in France attacked in ‘xenophobic’ act

BORDEAUX—Six Chinese oenology students were attacked in the early hours of Saturday in France’s wine-producing region of Bordeaux, the interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia [hatred of foreigners].

The students, who had arrived in France only two months ago, were allegedly “violently attacked” by three local men who were visibly drunk and previously known to the police, a ministry statement said.

Two of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody.

A female student was seriously hurt in the face by a glass bottle which was thrown at her.

“She happens to be the daughter of a Chinese political figure,” said Sud Ouest newspaper on its website.

According to other sources, the political figure is no longer in office.

“I cannot confirm the name, but it is someone who has now retired, having been the mayor of a big city,” said Georges Jousserand, who heads the school in Bordeaux where the six Chinese between the ages of 22 and 30 were studying.

The students were attacked at their home in Hostens, a small village of 1,300 inhabitants located about 50 kilometers south of Bordeaux in southwest France.

Police had apparently called on the three suspects that night over the din they were making.

Following that incident, the alleged attackers went to the residence where the Chinese students were living, perhaps thinking that the students had complained to police about the noise, a source close to the case said.

“When the Chinese student opened the door, he was attacked. And while the other students were trying to push the assailants out, it was then that one of the attackers threw a bottle straight in the face of the female student,” according to Jousserand.

“Two of the attackers were particularly violent,” he added.

Another source close to the affair said the three were very drunk. They knew exactly where the Chinese students lived and hurled “racist insults” at them, said the source.

The mayor of Hostens, Michel Viallesoubranne, said that the students behaved calmly, while Jousserand said they were “perfectly integrated in this small village.”

‘Xenophobic act’

Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned “severely this xenophobic act, for which the culprits must answer to before justice.”

The students were meant to be studying in France for a year.

Concern has grown in China in recent months over the increasing number of cases of thefts and attacks against Chinese tourists.

In March, a group of 23 Chinese tourists were robbed in a restaurant shortly after they landed at Paris airport. French Tourism Minister Sylvia Pinel was forced to come out to say she would do everything to find the perpetrators.

The latest attack came on the eve of one of the biggest wine shows in the world, Vinexpo, which is held in the region. China, which is the French winemakers’ third-biggest market, has increased its participation at the show, with 18 exhibitors expected this year, up from two in 2011.

Chinese investors have begun buying up vineyards in Bordeaux, not always to the pleasure of locals.

French winemakers have recently also sounded the alarm over an anti-dumping probe launched by Beijing into wine imports from the European Union, in an apparent retaliation act over Brussels’ decision to slap tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports.


Views split in China over French student attack

Beijing: China's internet users have reacted with outrage to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials.

The oenology students were attacked early on Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France's interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

The Chinese embassy in Paris said Sunday it "strongly condemns" the assault.

"We ask relevant authorities in France to investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students," it said in a statement.

Three of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody. A female student seriously hurt by a glass bottle thrown at her face during the assault was hospitalised and underwent surgery.

The attack was widely criticised on China's most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter.

"How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote.

"This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it's damaged," said another.

One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student's school said.

Chinese media carried reports of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim's political connection.

The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China. It is rarely discussed by the tightly controlled press, which seldom comments on the family life of senior officials.

Still, some internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. "Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families," one user said. "They're not worthy of sympathy," another user said.

Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. "Even foreigners can't bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma," said a user.

"That a random violent crime abroad has a government official's child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China," another wrote.


Attack on Chinese students overshadows Vinexpo opening

Decanter Staff June 16, 2013

Vinexpo 2013

Stéphane le Foll, French agicultral minister, called an attack on six Chinese students, on the eve of the Vinexpo opening, 'inadmissable' and 'xenophobic'.

Picture: Stéphane le Foll condemned the attack at opening press conference

The attack came in the early hours of Saturday morning, on six Chinese oenology students studying at Chateau La Tour Blanche in Sauternes.

They were in their apartment, in the village of Hostens when a small group of French men who had earlier received a warning from police to quieten down a party forced their way in.

One student was taken to hospital with facial injuries from a bottle being thown at her.

The attack is assumed to have been because the men believed the Chinese students had reported the party to the police.

Speaking at the opening of Vinexpo, Le Foll condemned the attack, joining demands from the Chinese embassy in Paris to bring the perpetrators to justice to ensure the safety of Chinese students in the country.

The timing is particularly unfortunate as the wine industry focuses its attention on Bordeaux for the 17th edition of Vinexpo, the biennial fair started in 1990 by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, and now grown to the world’s largest wine trade fair, with 2400 exhibitors and 46,000 visitors from 120 countries.


Chinese outrage over attack on students in Bordeaux

An attack on a group of Chinese students in France generated outrage in China on Sunday. The attack took place early on Saturday morning in Bordeaux and France’s interior ministry branded it an act of xenophobia.

Chinese Internet users reacted with outrage to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese oenology students studying in France on Sunday, while others denounced the victims whom they said were children of wealthy officials.

The students were attacked in the early hours of Saturday in France's wine-producing region of Bordeaux, France's interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

Two of the three alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody, while a female student was seriously hurt in the face by a glass bottle which was thrown at her.

The attack was widely criticised on China's most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter.

"How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote.

"This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it's damaged," said another.

One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student's school said.

Chinese media carried report of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim's political connection.

The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China and is rarely-discussed by the country's tightly controlled press, which is rarely allowed to discuss the family life of senior officials.

Still, some Internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. "Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families," one user said. "They're not worthy of sympathy," another user said.

Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. "Even foreigners can't bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma," another user said.

"That a random violent crime abroad has a government officials child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China," another wrote.

The attack came on the eve of one of the biggest wine shows in the world, Vinexpo, which is held in the region. China, which is French winemakers' third biggest market, has increased its participation at the show, with 18 exhibitors expected this year, up from two in 2011.

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Chinese outraged at French student attack

THERE'S been a reaction of outrage in China as Chinese students were assaulted while studying in France.

CHINA'S internet users have reacted with outrage to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials.

The oenology students were attacked early Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France&aposs interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

The Chinese embassy in Paris said Sunday it "strongly condemns" the assault.

"We ask relevant authorities in France to investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students," it said in a statement.

Three of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody. A female student seriously hurt by a glass bottle thrown at her face during the assault was hospitalised and underwent surgery.

The attack was widely criticised on China&aposs most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter.

"How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote.

"This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it&aposs damaged," said another.

One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student&aposs school said.

Chinese media carried reports of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim&aposs political connection.

The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China. It is rarely discussed by the tightly controlled press, which seldom comments on the family life of senior officials.

Still, some internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. "Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families," one user said. "They&aposre not worthy of sympathy," another user said.

Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. "Even foreigners can&apost bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma," said a user.

"That a random violent crime abroad has a government official&aposs child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China," another wrote.


France attack on Chinese students denounced online

China's Internet users reacted with outrage Sunday to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials. The oenology students were attacked early Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France's interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia. The Chinese embassy in Paris said Sunday it "strongly condemns" the assault. "We ask relevant authorities in France to investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students," it said in a statement. Three of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody. A female student seriously hurt by a glass bottle thrown at her face during the assault was hospitalised and underwent surgery. The attack was widely criticised on China's most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter. "How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote. "This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it's damaged," said another. One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student's school said. Chinese media carried reports of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim's political connection. The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China. It is rarely discussed by the tightly controlled press, which seldom comments on the family life of senior officials. Still, some Internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. "Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families," one user said. "They're not worthy of sympathy," another user said. Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. "Even foreigners can't bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma," said a user. "That a random violent crime abroad has a government official's child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China," another wrote. The attack came on the eve of one of the biggest wine shows in the world, Vinexpo, which is held in the region. China, which is French winemakers' third biggest market, has increased its participation at the show, with 18 exhibitors expected this year, up from two in 2011. On Sunday French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said France's image had taken a hit following the "unspeakable act". "It's the image of France which has been dented with these xenophobic attitudes," Le Foll said, speaking at the inauguration of the wine fair. Two representatives from the Chinese embassy were due to meet with Le Foll later on Sunday.

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Three youths have been charged and detained in connection with Saturday's attack on six Chinese students near Bordeaux, French police said on Monday.

The youths, aged 19 and 20, were charged on Sunday night with aggravated violence, using or threatening to use arms and drunkenness, according to the prosecutor's office in Bordeaux.

The trio had hurled racist insults early on Saturday morning, when they assaulted the group of Chinese oenology students in Hostens, a small village about 50 kilometres south of Bordeaux in southwest France.

A female student was seriously hurt in the face by a glass bottle that was thrown at her. She was hospitalised and underwent surgery.

French ministers have condemned what they said was a "racist" attack, adding that it had tarnished the image of France. The French interior minister Manuel Valls described the violence as an act of xenophobia.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Monday also expressed "strong condemnation" of the attack on in the wine-producing Bordeaux region.

"So far, the injured student has been properly treated," Hua said at a regular briefing, adding that she had asked the French authorities to “take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens' safety and rights in France."

Concern has grown in China in recent months over the increasing number of thefts and attacks targeting Chinese tourists.

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Comments:

  1. Nash

    I'm sorry, but, in my opinion, they were wrong. We need to discuss. Write to me in PM.

  2. Abdul-Khaliq

    I'm sorry they interfere, I too would like to express my opinion.

  3. Doyle

    This is just a convention, nothing more

  4. Caolan

    WOW .... =)

  5. Mazulabar

    I think, that you are mistaken. I can prove it. Write to me in PM, we will communicate.

  6. Dit

    Excuse, that I can not participate now in discussion - it is very occupied. But I will be released - I will necessarily write that I think on this question.



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