France, homeland of junk food

Discover our new weekly newsletter every Saturday, Sacrés Français, on the best and worst things the foreign press wrote about us. This week, we didn’t want to deprive you of the latest provocation from across the Channel. In the United Kingdom, says a correspondent, we eat much better today than in France!

The English have never claimed to be particularly benevolent towards the French. That is true. But this week they have done strong, even for us, accustomed to French-bashing notorious in the press across the Channel. We were barely recovered from the happiness of being seated on the terrace (still) soaked in rain that an intrepid spoils the party. And explains “Why the food here is so much better than in France”. Yes, it’s a Brit who says it!

If you ever also tend to treat this statement with disdain (again the bad faith of a culinally frustrated roast beef!), We invite you to go beyond this first instinct and read the columnist’s arguments – it might be a little painful. But let us remember that the controversy is growing.

Paragraph by paragraph, from McDo-kebab to starred restaurants, the journalist takes you for a walk in a French culinary landscape “Bland and uniform”. Whether at the local brasserie or the pizza truck, we eat badly in France! Entangled in its convictions, unable to innovate, French cuisine is regressing. Nothing is right. The service, the hours, even the small dishes of family meals, too often supplanted by those of Picard. Nothing – or very little in all of this – inspires the British gourmet who, for his part, knew how to open up to novelty and show curiosity. The world of gastronomy, the consumer, the French State… Everyone takes it for their mark! Read it in full at Mail we loved it a lot (well, “loved” may not be the right word).

Especially since the author has also looked for us a little. I want his conclusion as proof: “If this article is translated into French, which is not to be excluded, I risk having a bad quarter of an hour.” And he goes on: “I have no intention of apologizing. Yes, I break sugar on the backs of the French. They should be ashamed of their decadence, of having gone from the top to the bottom.

There you go, we leave that to your appreciation, hoping that this reading will allow you to pass the time before lunch. On its original website, that of the conservative magazine The Spectator, whose France section is supplied by a handful of columnists expatriated in the South, the article was in any case a great success. By the end of the week, he had over 300 comments. Most of the readers were… hilarious!

We wish you more than ever bon appétit!

And good weekend to you.

Carolin Lohrenz

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