French politicians moved quickly to re-assure China after an attack on Chinese students in the Bordeaux region raised concerns about racism and threatened to tarnish Chinese investments into France's wine industry.
On Friday, six Chinese students were attacked in Hortens (30 miles from Bordeaux) by three inebriated young Frenchmen. The incident, which occurred a little after midnight, left one of the Chinese nationals, the 24-year old daughter of a politician, severely injured with a fractured nose and cheekbone after being hit by a champagne bottle in the face.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls issued a statement saying he condemned "with great severity this xenophobic act" and that the perpetrators "will have to answer to justice."
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French police were quick to arrest the suspects and the public prosecutor's office has asked for an investigation into whether the attack was racist in nature.
The incident comes at a crucial time for Sino-French relations and casts a shadow over the wine exhibition,Vinexpo, which was inaugurated on Sunday in Bordeaux. The French Agriculture Minister who attended the launch said the attack is "intolerable, unspeakable and we ought to be extremely firm on the sanctions that will be taken."