French Government Hosts U.S. Cocktail Parties

In a bid to promote two of its top exports, the French government is sponsoring wine and cheese parties in U.S. homs. According to The Wall Street Journal, French officials have hired a marketing company to take applications for the government-subsidized cocktail parties. One thousand people will receive coupons for discounts on French wines and cheese.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word in business today is socializing. In a bid to promote two of its top exports, the French government is sponsoring French wine and cheese parties in private homes in the U.S. According to the Wall Street Journal, French officials have hired a marketing company to take applications for these government-subsidized cocktail parties. One thousand people will receive coupons for discounts on French wines and cheeses. They'll also receive a hamper filled with French party gear, including a corkscrew and a CD featuring pop singer Carla Bruni. Though she's Italian, her husband, as you might know, is the president of France.

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