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  • pommie
    pommie wrote:

    Top French diplomat quits Hong Kong post after £4,000 burgundy vanishes


    The French consul general to Hong Kong has been forced to quit after he was accused of hiding two bottles of very expensive burgundy in his suit before making a quick exit from an exclusive club.

    Marc Fonbaustier, 46, who had been France's most senior diplomat in Hong Kong and Macao for more than a year, resigned last week citing "strictly personal" reasons.

    But sources from the Hong Kong justice system told Le Monde that Fonbaustier was under investigation for pilfering two bottles of wine from the exclusive Hong Kong Country Club. The alleged theft was said to have taken place in the club's basement restaurant, the Wine Cellar, whose walls are lined with bottles and monitored by CCTV.

    The Hong Kong paper Apple Daily reported the wine was worth up to ¤5,000 (about £4,200). The paper said that a few months previously the consul had taken a very expensive bottle of wine from the Hong Kong Golf Club but had explained to police that he had mistaken it for a gift.

    Fonbaustier, in his role as the most important French diplomat in the territories, had often vaunted the importance of French wine and the top vintages, particularly burgundy, drunk by Hong Kong high society.

    Bernard Valero, spokesman for the French foreign office, confirmed Fonbaustier had been suspended and was under investigation. He said his actions were "unlikely to meet the requirements of professional conduct for a French diplomat". Valero told Le Monde Fonbaustier had "admitted the facts and paid reimbursement".

    A former counsellor at the French embassy in New Delhi, Fonbaustier is married with three children.

  • pommie
    pommie wrote:

    A French guy gazes lovingly at his wine

  • Micky
    Micky wrote:
    But why is the wine so cheap? .. If you dont wanna buy it, you may wanna steal it.. then you'll break the record of diplomats and make a name.
  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)


    Hahahaha ... it is said that after the fall of Ireland, Spain and Portugal will be next, maybe France is also already in some economic trouble, and this guy has not been paid for a few months?

  • Simen Stensvoll

    as we have discussed before: French guys are perverts !
  • Shane
    Shane wrote:

    Hehe, I think thorstan meant the vast majority of french on this forum are perverts.

    But then again, thats about the same for people of every nationaly on WLIBJ :)

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)


    Hahahahaha ... majority? or all?

  • Alban
    Alban wrote:

    Two bottles with 40, 000RMB value theft?  Custody is the only way out. Them Gotta let him serve minimum 2 years, or bring him to a mainland jail, the one in Jiangxi for forced labor!!

  • pommie
    pommie wrote:

    I don't mind the French, I really don't.

    I wouldn't leave one of them alone with 4,000 pounds worth of wine, however. That's just STUPID!

  • pommie
    pommie wrote:

     - or my sister.

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