Bomb in Carcassonne linked with radical winemaker group
The headquarters of the local Aude socialist party in Carcassonne was the scene of a bomb explosion around midnight on Tuesday, July 16.
The damaged building was defaced with the letters CAV – Comité d’Action Viticole, rather suggesting that this militant group was taking responsibility.
Following the explosion, Harlem Desira the first secretary of the Aude socialist party, made this statement: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this unacceptable act that could endanger the lives of bystanders or participants in the meeting which ended just one hour before the explosion No claim, no ideology can justify such acts.’
French agricultural minister Stephanne Le Foll – whose name was also tagged on the building – has voiced his shock at the events, and highlighted the efforts the French government have been making on behalf of the wine industry.
Foll stated: ‘The government’s support of winemakers, and my own, is something that has seen concrete results and solutions. We will try to understand their attitude, but will never accept their methods.’
The CAV has been latent for several years, a wine action group initiative started in the late 20th century, but most active in the 1960s, and most recently in 2008, when activists attacked a building in Narbonne.