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…

Raymond Depardon

Raymond Depardon is a French photographer, journalist and documentary film maker. Although he has covered the news from all over the world for Gamma Agency (which he created in 1966) and for Magnum, his real passion is for rural France where he originates from. Towards the end of his career, Depardon has allowed himself to…

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…

From Ireland to France – Felfies

“Felfies” is a contraction of farmers and selfies. It all started in January 2014 when the Irish Farmers Journal launched a photo contest encouraging farmers to send in pictures of themselves at work. Quickly the phenomenon went viral: To follow are RT’s of #felfie pics from across the world. Amazing what we started. Phenomenon has featured in…

British mutton beat the French

The Paris Agriculture Fair is not only about French farmers. This year, on the EBLEX  booth (organisation for English beef and sheep industry) we have met with British breeders who were eager to share their talent with their French counterparts.  Here is what we found out: French people eat A LOT of British lambs:  In fact according to EBLEX’s website,…

Urban Farming : how agriculture makes it back to the heart of Paris

As a recently published article from the Huffington Post  suggests, very few people remember that pigs and cows were once running around Paris and that what we now know as the “Banlieue”  (pronounce ban – li – you) or the suburbs, were farm land. Today the idea of re-integrating some rural activities at the heart of…

Macdonalds makes friends with the French peasants

Fastfood chain MacDonald’s adopts a surprising strategy to the French market: walk hand in hand with the peasants to fight unpopularity If Macdonalds’ restaurants were once set on fire by angry French peasants, this is no longer the case, at least according to Atlantico who published a very interesting article on the relationship between the…