13 January 2015 | All this for nothing? The Cogest report gives birth to a mouse

"The State of Valais has got almost everything right" (ATS). "A report spares the State of Valais" (24 Heures). "Good note to the State of Valais" (La Liberté). "Report favourable to the State of Valais" (L'Agefi). "Minister Tornay exonerated (Le Temps). Similar headlines appeared in the German and Italian press. The Walliser Bote devoted an editorial by Herold Bieler to the subject, asking: "Much ado about nothing? Its conclusion in extenso: "With the Cogest report, the Giroud affair has lost its 'scandalous potential'. Perhaps the mountain has only given birth to a mouse. Perhaps the extraordinary public prosecutor Dick Marty will find other things and not just the answers to the questions that are still open - but which are unimportant. If not, then at the latest we will have to come to the conclusion that all this noise has come to nothing." Three media outlets stand out for their different interpretations of the Cogest report. Guess which three? La RTSIn spite of the facts, 19:30 devotes 80% of its programme to highlighting the "grey areas" that would prove Maurice Tornay's guilt. Le NouvellisteHe mentions a "grey area" and feels obliged to add a "but" to his title ("The State is not to blame but..."). However, the height of bad faith is reached by Le Matinby the hilarious Eric Felley. In a laugh-out-loud editorial, he states that if the members of the Cogest didn't find anything, it's because they didn't investigate in the right place. And where should they have investigated, please? Without fear of ridicule, Eric Felley gives his answer: in the confessionals!

Cogest report December 2014

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Dominique Giroud

I'm facing a media storm. I've been wrongly accused of tampering with my wines to make money. Journalists have overdramatised and criticised without any nuance. In so doing, they have tarnished and perhaps ruined forever my reputation as an oenologist. Faced with these accusations, I have decided to publish my version of events on this website.

Readers will be the judge.

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