(AP) — In this March 10, 2004 file photo, a selection, out of more than 450 types, of beer is shown in Brussels, Belgium.
France, the land of wine, is planning heavy taxes on beer, and that is not going down well with brewers, even in other nations. President Francois Hollande is pushing through legislation to increase taxes on beer by 160 percent to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to contain a budget deficit hit hard by the economic crisis. The tax would affect local brews and the 30 percent of imported beer the French drink. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)