6th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar
Philippe Fémel, the director of Champagne house Chanoine Frères, was killed yesterday afternoon in Reims after being hit by a car.
Philippe Fémel, the director of Champagne house Chanoine Frères, was killed yesterday afternoon after being hit by a car.
Fémel was struck by the vehicle as he crossed the road outside his home on the Rue Jacquart in Reims. Despite the efforts of paramedics he was declared dead at the scene. He was 66.
The driver, described only as being his 20s, fled the site of the accident but later handed himself into the police and is now in custody and facing charges of aggravated manslaughter.
Fémel was a well-known figure in Champagne and the managing director of Champagne Chanoine Frères and Tsarine, two labels that are part of the Lanson-BCC group.
Bruno Paillard and Franck Coste said in a joint statement that Fémel was a man of, “great commitment and strong character but appreciated by all not only his family and friends and at his work but also in the parish of Saint-André à Reims.”