Saturday, February 28, 2009

Paranoia

We are under attack, it seems, both at home and from abroad. The government is on an anti-alcohol crusade and is reputedly trying to outlaw evils like free tasting at a winery. It's unlikely that this would have any effect on le binge-drinking, but the French government is known for floating slightly dotty ideas and then withdrawing them after widespread protest.

Perhaps more likely to have an economic effect on this part of France is the imminent American 300% tax on Roquefort cheese. Nothing against the cheese itself, simply tit-for-tat for the European refusal to accept America's hormone-laden beef and bleach-treated chicken. Sigh.

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