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Not Shaken, Not Stirred: James Bond's Champagne Of Choice Is Crisis Proof
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Marie-Josée Cougard

PARIS - "An exceptional year for Bollinger champagne..." Considering the current economic situation, Jérôme Philipon's comment is refreshing indeed.

Even as the overall champagne market was down by 5% at the end of September, the family-run Bollinger producers predict record sales for 2013, says Philipon, the CEO of the champagne house. He expects a growth of 3 to 5% in 2012, following an impressive 8% last year.

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Fifteen years ago, Francesco kept busy by scamming people. He was a regular visitor to the beaches of Terracina, south of Rome, where he was caught several times selling counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses. Then came the drugs, which fed a serious substance-induced psychosis and eventually he tested positive for HIV.

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