French Customs has destroyed nearly 35,000 bottles of soda seized during a border check in 2021. The drink in the plastic bottles was called ‘Couronne Fruit Champagne’. But Champagne was not in it.
Champagne is a protected name in France and over a hundred other countries. Only sparkling wines from the French Champagne region may bear the name.
The 34,499 bottles of soft drinks were intercepted by customs in France in Le Havre in October 2021. They came from Haiti and, according to the French authorities, were intended for the French market. It contained an orange liquid.
Because the drink in the bottles is not real Champagne, a court in Paris ruled at the end of 2022 that thousands of bottles had to be destroyed.