FRANCE has been stingingly rebuffed by a judge of the European Court of Justice over her refusal to let British beef back in after the export ban was lifted by the European Commission in 1999. An Advocate General of the Court - or adviser - says France was in the wrong. If Paris thought the lifting of the ban was unjustified it should have legally challenged it at the time, he says. It shouldn't have tried to "take refuge" behind a national scientific body to oppose the ruling. This isn't the full court speaking of course but it would be ...

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