France teaches Agriculture in High Speed Trains

For Easter, French High Speed Trains (TGV) transform into ambassadors of Agriculture. The initiative was launched last year by the SNCF (National Railways Company) and the association Passion Céréales. The idea is to use trains, which run across all of France and transports hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, as a way to raise awareness about…

Charcuterie Diplomacy II : Russia bans EU Pork

  After China and France settled diplomatic issues over cold cuts, it is now Russia’s turn to get its hands in the pig business. Vexed by the Ukrainian crisis, the Russians have decided to… snob European pork. Yes, pork again. Charcuterie really seems at the heart of international relations these days. Here’s what happened :  On…

Charcuterie Diplomacy

When the Chinese President meets the French President, you would expect them to discuss the P5, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Airbus… in fact, one of the key issues of the visit was charcuterie. In France, even international relations express rurality. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, “The two leaders were in a celebratory mood over a…

Sheep breeders and the wolf

This year at the Paris Agriculture Fair, sheep breeders were angry at the wolf. On the opening day, they protested by covering their animals with black veils. “I don’t breed sheep to feed them to the wolf” – Paul, Sheep Breeder from the Bouches du Rhone Over the past 6 years, wolves have killed more…

Who came to the Paris Agriculture Fair this year?

As we have seen previously, the annual Paris Agriculture Fair is quite an important ritual in French politics. As former president Jacques Chirac once put it “Attending it does not guarantee one’s success but failing to show up would be a mistake”. This year was by no means an exception to the rule. See the…

Paris Agricultural Show – The ritual

For one week each year, France is all about cows and goats and mutton. People genuinely love it, politicians worship it and the French media drools over it: It’s called the “Salon de l’Agriculture” and if you’re French there is simply no way around it. This year, the salon will take place between February 22nd…