France's 2012 grape harvest will be "exceptionally low" at 42.5 million hectolitres, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said on Thursday.
After talks with wine industry representatives, Le Foll said this year's harvest would give the lowest volumes since 1991.
Last year's harvest was 51 million hectolitres.
The lower volumes were a situation that was being seen at the global level, Le Foll said.Wine industry representatives at the press conference said the lower volumes were the result of cooler weather in recent months that had damaged vines. But they said this year's vintage looked promising.
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