Rioting winegrowers in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon caused damage of more than £600,000 and put five policemen in hospital in demonstrations over the falling price of French wine.

More than 8,000 growers converged on the Nimes to protest at a drop of 30% in the price of Vin de Pays and Vin de Table.

Toll booths on the local motorway were destroyed, police were injured in clashes, at least two cars were set on fire and at least one local negociant who imports foreign wine had his premises ransacked by masked thugs and his wine stores destroyed.