• The French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Forestry Office recently recognized the French forest of Bercé in the Loire Valley as an “Exceptional Forest.” France’s Exceptional Forest program highlights well-managed state-owned forests.
  • The city of Dijon has been given the task of building one of the future Cities of Gastronomy. These projects will highlight and celebrate the listing of the gastronomic meal of the French on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.
  • The Directorate General for Food (DGAL), the agency in the French Ministry of Agriculture in charge of food safety and quality, animal and plant health, as well as animal welfare, released its annual report highlighting key initiatives, facts and figures from 2016.
  • The French Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs launched a national charter aiming to promote responsible and sustainable food in establishments like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities.
  • Normandy Pommeau (Pommeau de Normandie) is an aperitif with a delicious taste that comes from the marriage of non-fermented apple juice and Calvados, which is a very warm eau-de-vie (spirit) made from apples that can be easily mixed with other beverages in multiple combinations. Normandy Pommeau is perhaps the most well-known and traditional of these.