France’s top diplomat in Hong Kong was suspended and recalled to Paris after allegedly stealing two expensive bottles of wine, a news report said on Wednesday.

Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported.

Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a bottle of wine into his jacket at the prestigious club in early November, according to the newspaper.

Sources quoted by the Post said Fonbaustier enjoyed an “active lifestyle” in Hong Kong and speculated that officials in Paris “may have decided enough was enough”.

The French consulate in Hong Kong declined to comment on the reasons for Fonbaustier’s suspension or the alleged wine theft. He has been replaced by his deputy Agnes Humruzian.

French diplomat caught stealing wine

A French foreign ministry official in Paris said after Fonbaustier was recalled that he had been suspended over conduct “likely not to meet the requirements of professional conduct for a French diplomat”.

Marc Fonbaustier, 46, was recalled after he was reportedly caught on security cameras taking bottles of Bordeaux from the elite Hong Kong Country Club, the South China Morning Post reported.

Beijing officials sought his removal after security video showed him slipping a bottle of wine into his jacket at the prestigious club in early November, according to the newspaper.
The Hong Kong paper Apple Daily reported the wine was worth up to ¤5,000 (about £4,200). The paper said that a few months previously the consul had taken a very expensive bottle of wine from the Hong Kong Golf Club but had explained to police that he had mistaken it for a gift.

mmmm……..

Let’s watch him in action on another matter-nothing to do with nicking wine!

He’s not so bad