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France made its mark at the 15th annual World Cup of Patisserie, which took place in January in Lyon, France. This international event of the pastry-making profession was created in 1989 by French pastry chef Gabriel Paillasson. In total, 22 teams composed of three chefs from four different continents competed in challenges over the course […]

France, rich in the diversity of its different types of agriculture, the abundance of its culinary cultures and the vitality of its gastronomic heritage, adopts several living tools dedicated to the culinary cultures of France and of the world. In total, four cities – Tours, Paris-Rungis, Dijon and Lyon, have brought together their collective energy […]

As part of its comprehensive food nutrition program, the French Ministry of Agriculture releases an “Almanac of my cafeteria” which provides detailed information on making the school food experience nutritious and balanced, but also tasty and enjoyable. These almanacs are part of France’s overall school food cafeteria policies to encourage a healthy relationship with and […]

Mimolette cheese is a type of pasteurized cow’s cheese made in the north of France mostly near the city of Lille (which is where it gets its other name: Boule de Lille), although it is also made in nearby Lorraine and Normandy. The cheese varies from firm to crunchy and is said to have a […]

During a visit earlier this month by French Minister for International Trade, Matthias Fekl, Napa Valley wine makers expressed to him their strong support for expanding and protecting the use of geographic indications (GIs) in the United States. The wine makers want to reinforce protections preventing others from unjustly using their name for their own […]

Overall, 150 perfume, aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated in France. A great number of these plants are inherited from the Charlemagne period in the eighth century (768-814) when he ordered that a selection of aromatic and medicinal plants be cultivated in the King’s gardens. The tradition has remained, especially in some regions of France. […]

Cidre from Cornouaille, or Cornwall Cider, is a renowned apple cider produced in the northwestern part of France in the historic région of Brittany. The orchards responsible for bearing the apples for this delicious cider span across 38 communes in Brittany, most of which touch the Atlantic Ocean. This vast stretch of apple orchards is […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, praised the historic step taken on May 21st in Geneva for the international protection of Geographical Indications. The 28 member states of the Lisbon Agreement decided by unanimity to extend the current international protection system of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO- also referred to as appellation d’origine controlée […]

At the beginning of the International Year of Family Farming, Marine Renaudin, Food Security and Development Strategy Officer for the Development and International Organizations Office of the French Agriculture Ministry, presents the Ministry’s involvement during this year long event. What is the International Year of Family Farming? 2014 was proclaimed International Year of Family Farming […]

Launched in September 2010 by ministries working on food and diet, the PNA adventure involves the private sectors, territorial authorities and the non-profit sector. The main challenges of this plan are to mobilize all stakeholders of the food chain, to recreate a link between the food producer, the product and the consumer, and above all […]