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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…