The best press coverage in Scotland about France last night saw journalists from, among others, The Scottish Sun and The Herald toasting the 'Auld Alliance'.
At what was the first awards ceremony of its type, ATOUT FRANCE, the France Tourism Development Agency, handed out magnums of champagne to the authors of three articles, including one about travelling to France by train from Glasgow.
Each of the articles considered for an award had been set up with the help of the agency, which is hosting a France-Meets-the-Media story ideas event on the second of next month, in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Say the organisers: “More and more Scottish journalists travel on press trips to France, and more and more articles [about France] are published in the Scottish press.”
The winners and runners-up list reads as follows:
Most Entertaining Article
Winner: Peter Cox: The Grape Escape, on wine tasting in Gironde 10/07/10 The Scottish Sun.
Runners up: Chitra Ramaswamy: Comté Cheese is the Pride of Jura 29/11/10 The Scotsman.
Fiona Russell: Cycling a Stretch of the Famous Tour de France 19/07/10 The Herald.
Best General Information
Winner: Deborah Anderson: The Art of Good Living, about Nice and the inland Riviera 10/11/09 The Herald Magazine.
Runners up: Norman Wilson: Sun-Enchanted Island Serves up Tasty Time 1/11/10 Evening Times.
Cameron Melville: From Water into Wine, 14/11/10 Sunday Herald.
Best Article Targeted at Scottish Readers
Winner: Stephen Houston: You’ve Never Been to France!? Travelling to Provence by train from Glasgow 01/08/10 Scottish Mail on Sunday.
Runners up: Alistair Murray: Let’s Go Driving in France 2/10/10 Scottish Daily Express.
Jackie Kemp: It’s Camping, But Not as We Know it 25/07/10 The Herald.