Sacre Bleu! French President Nicolas Sarkozy Rids His Diet of Cheese?


A Telegraphstory about French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s banning of cheese at Elysee Palace has been stirring up controversy. “An anti-cheese French president? Quelle horreur!” MSNBC cried.

However, while Sarkozy’s diet may be veering away from French tradition, it’s not quite the controversy that’s being reported. The Telegraph story reports:

“Charles de Gaulle once famously declared: “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?”

The fitness mad Mr Sarkozy has chosen to remove the source of De Gaulle’s angst from his sight, according to presidential chef Bernard Vaussion, who is cooking for his fifth French head of state.”

But, in fact, as the Agence France-Presse first reported, the president is only doing away with the post-meal cheese course. Foreign Policy pointed out the distinction, saying “Sarkozy has chosen to forgo a cheese course after meals. That is not the same thing as…

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