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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

Ah ah,

In a last attempt to "punish France", the Bush administration has tripled the already very high tariffs on French cheese "Roquefort". By the way, it's a bit strange, considering the goal is to lift the EUROPEAN ban on hormon-full meat coming from the USA (yes we refuse to give hormons to our children, that's true).

As a consequence, France will soon have no money left (everybody knows in the US that Roquefort is the only source of income for the French).

Bush, we'll miss you !

[Edited 2009-01-19 05:51:33]

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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

My God, we're doomed  cry 


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10875 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

I think the W. Bush Roquefort cheese ban is just a diversion. The national and exterior debt indicators for France are showing that the country's bankruptcy may very well happen in a near future even without the Roquefort ban.


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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3291 times:



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
The national and exterior debt indicators for France are showing that the country's bankruptcy may very well happen in a near future even without the Roquefort ban.

??

Are you serious ? Perhaps you listen too much to Sarkozy. The one who said that France was bankrupt before he decided to increase the debt.
Actually, the debt is 65% of the GDP in France, and 72% in the USA.

But as you probably noted, this was not the subject of my post ...


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6071 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3269 times:
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Quoting Sebolino (Thread starter):
As a consequence, France will soon have no money left (everybody knows in the US that Roquefort is the only source of income for the French).

I don't know any Americans who even buy French cheese. I don't see it at the store. I do know many people, including me, buy cheese from the UK.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3234 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 4):
I don't know any Americans who even buy French cheese. I don't see it at the store. I do know many people, including me, buy cheese from the UK.

English cheese?! And what do you have, then, apart from cheddar? Big grin



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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Dang, add the ban on Roquefort cheese to the existing ban on French Fries (AKA Freedom Fries) and the France is doomed. In a strange twist French dressing is still around to subsidize the French coffers. Rumor has it that the evil Bush/Cheney partnership has a monopoly on the French dressing wells in the US and will not part with the income (well their advisers tell them that they have such wells but the facts may prove otherwise.)

IHAP

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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3206 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 5):
English cheese?! And what do you have, then, apart from cheddar?

Just the question I was going to ask?? Nothing against English cheese, but come on, there is NO comparison whatsoever!



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User currently offlineNewAlitalia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

Well, our American Friends are pleased for sure to buy our Parmesan, gorgonzola and other Italian cheeses just like they prefered the Italian wines over the French ones in the last years. Big grin

User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3147 times:



Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 8):
Well, our American Friends are pleased for sure to buy our Parmesan, gorgonzola and other Italian cheeses just like they prefered the Italian wines over the French ones in the last years

That's because the quality and the price are cheaper. That's why you can sell better Big grin



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

After that last penalty kick in the 06' WC I was wiling to buy you French guys all the cheese you wanted!  biggrin 

Forza Azurri!


User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1302 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3137 times:



Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 8):
just like they prefered the Italian wines over the French ones in the last years.

Italy might have the biggest share of wine imports in the US in terms of volume, but in terms of value France remains #1.

This is a matter of quantity vs quality.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3127 times:



Quoting Toulouse (Reply 7):
Just the question I was going to ask?? Nothing against English cheese, but come on, there is NO comparison whatsoever!

 Smile

The only thing is that most of our cheeses are made with unpasteurized milk. Of course, the French say it's good for health as it strengthens your antibodies. But sometimes, they can contain some really bad germs if procedures were not followed correctly.



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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6483 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 4):
I don't know any Americans who even buy French cheese. I don't see it at the store. I do know many people, including me, buy cheese from the UK.

I don't know where you shop, but nearly every mainline grocery store in the Chicago area has French cheese, along with Swiss (the country of origin, not the type), Italian, British, Irish, Dutch, etc...

However, the gourmet cheeses are usually kept by the deli counter, as opposed to the packaged cheeses (Kraft, Sargento, etc) which are more likely near the dairy section.

[Edited 2009-01-19 09:38:21]


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User currently offlineNewAlitalia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3123 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 9):
That's because the quality and the price are cheaper.

ahahahaha dream Big grin I have right a bottle of French wine in my garage.. to wash my car. Big grin

Joking..  Smile


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 10):
After that last penalty kick in the 06' WC I was wiling to buy you French guys all the cheese you wanted! biggrin

Forza Azurri!

Booooooooooh! Let me call Zidane to headbutt you!   

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 11):
Italy might have the biggest share of wine imports in the US in terms of volume, but in terms of value France remains #1.

Thank you!   

Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 14):
I have right a bottle of French wine in my garage.. to wash my car.

LOL

[Edited 2009-01-19 09:44:53]


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User currently offlineNewAlitalia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Quoting AOMlover (Reply 11):
Italy might have the biggest share of wine imports in the US in terms of volume, but in terms of value France remains #1.

Ehm it seems you don't know much of wine. 

Our French cousins are masters (i must admit) when it comes to name something.. (except Materazzi..) Big grin  

[Edited 2009-01-19 09:57:02]

User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3085 times:



Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 16):
Ehm it seems you don't know much of wine.

Come on, he's an expert! Can't you see it?

Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 16):
Materazzi.

        

[Edited 2009-01-19 10:08:54]


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User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3054 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 5):
English cheese?! And what do you have, then, apart from cheddar?

In reply here is a list of English cheese listed under product range on the left, so try and enjoy

http://www.churchmousecheeses.com/index.php?mod=category&id_ctg=10

littlevc10


User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1302 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3051 times:



Quoting NewAlitalia (Reply 16):
Ehm it seems you don't know much of wine.

As a French guy whose stepfather is a winemaker, it seems I know a little bit about wine.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3035 times:



Quoting VC10 (Reply 18):
In reply here is a list of English cheese listed under product range on the left, so try and enjoy

I was only pulling the leg Big grin. I know that you have much more than cheddar  Smile

But you're still far from the 1,000+ varieties of cheeses that France has  Wink



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3007 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 5):
English cheese?! And what do you have, then, apart from cheddar?

This is why Swiss, Dutch and Italian cheeses will always be better than any other cheese around.  mischievous 

No judgement on Austrian cheeses from me, though I've seen a few tasty looking cheeses from the Voralberg recently.  Wink


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6071 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2986 times:
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Quoting N328KF (Reply 13):
I don't know where you shop, but nearly every mainline grocery store in the Chicago area has French cheese, along with Swiss (the country of origin, not the type), Italian, British, Irish, Dutch, etc...

I buy my cheeses at the Wine Merchant in Dearborn, MI.

Quoting N328KF (Reply 13):
However, the gourmet cheeses are usually kept by the deli counter, as opposed to the packaged cheeses (Kraft, Sargento, etc) which are more likely near the dairy section.

There are good cheeses in that section, but around here I don't French cheeses. I



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User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2961 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 20):
But you're still far from the 1,000 varieties of cheeses that France has

Well as the old saying goes

" never equate quantity with quality"


littlevc10


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2937 times:



Quoting VC10 (Reply 23):
never equate quantity with quality

If you say so  Wink



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25 OA260 : Arrr yes Swiss cheese , cant beat it . With regards French cheese I like Camembert and Roule and Brie but the rest smell like moldy socks
26 Post contains images BritJap : Ahem......Believe it or not, there are actually more varieties of cheese produced in the UK than in France!! This fact has given various UK ambassado
27 GrahamHill : Then, I will just from now on.
28 COrocks : I have to believe that there is not a single grocery store in America that does not sell Brie.
29 Baroque : How about French toast then? But you would not want to make it from American bread. As a US colleague of mine said the only tasteless medium that eve
30 N328KF : Falstaff is mistaken. I suggest that his issue is either with his sample set, or he does not look in the right places in those stores he does frequen
31 Dougloid : There's only two kinds of cheese. One is orange and the other isn't. Signed The American Public.
32 Sebolino : Try a Munster stuck behind a radiator, and you will really appreciate your socks.
33 Sebolino : Interesting. I found on the web the following numbers: France -> ~400 cheeses, GB -> ~700 cheeses. However, the production in UK must be really tiny,
34 Baroque : 33 posts and never a mention of the cheese shop sketch in Monty Python. Tsk tsk.
35 Post contains links Klaus : I just had to look it up. Here it is: YouTube - The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python
36 GrahamHill : Be careful as well concerning the "French cheese" sold outside France. For example, you can buy some nice camembert pretty much everywhere in the worl
37 Lewis : Haha, I remember the selection of domestic cheese in England... Normal Cheddar, Mature Cheddar, Extra Mature Cheddar, White Cheese, Yellow Cheese etc
38 GrahamHill : Sorry, I quote myself as for whatever reason I cannot edit my post. I just wanted to add that, even if it had nothing to do with Camembert, it was no
39 Baroque : Thanks, when prompted so did I, and it turned out I had totally forgotten the music. They were good. Arguably better than the parrot sketch. And an i
40 Radarbeam : As long as I can have my Reblochon for my tartiflette
41 AustrianZRH : Well, we Vorarlbergians are probably the cheesiest folks in Austria, so we also have the best cheese here . When I was in the army, stationed at the
42 Post contains links and images GrahamHill : Actually, just one. Don't be offended, but I cannot imagine to find the exact same camembert in Australia than the one made in Normandy, with unpaste
43 GrahamHill : Yummy!
44 Dougloid : That tells me we eat more cheese than y'all, because you're trying to get rid of the stuff.
45 Sebolino : Yeah. It seems the real cheese eaters are the Americans, not the French.
46 Baroque : Oh don't I know it should. That is one reason why visiting France is so pleasant. That and the bread. For some odd reason, the camembert from a given
47 GrahamHill : I will not miss this opportunity! I also found some Pont-l'Évêque in Sydney. But the price was something like $100/kg!!
48 Sebolino : Well I don't know about the cheese, because I don't eat cheese anyway (except melted in tartiflette, raclette or fondue), but the bread is a real rob
49 Baroque : Then again one baguette at >1 little furry Australian animal (aka Euro) is better than no baguette at all. Let alone the cheese part of it.
50 GrahamHill : True. But you certainly know that the baguette is a institution for us. It's the basic food. It's THE food you get on every table, at every single me
51 Mortyman : Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese is the best !
52 Delboy : Please tell me this isn't a joke coz it will the best piece of news I've heard today!
53 Klaus : Given recent developments, Britain looks like it's arriving at bankruptcy even faster...!
54 Post contains images Dougloid : Don't forget the surrender monkey part, Seb. My wife says I'm a cheese cutter. [Edited 2009-01-20 11:51:24]
55 Blackbird : I think the plan is to get all the countries to go bankrupt and nationalize their banks and then make things get worse so that they would have to merg
56 Ihadapheo : Oh my, the "French First National Bank Of Roquefort Cheese" is going to be nationalized??, This must not be allowed to happen. Over the past year the
57 WunalaYann : How could we? Anne Coulter seemed to think it was part of our gene code. Would you actually rejoice if a friend and close ally of your country's went
58 Zkpilot : Isn't that: "Wine guzzling, cheese eating, surrender monkey"?
59 Baroque : Apart from wine being spelled with an "h", yes it is. As in do you take cheese with your whine. But nothing about the holidays so far. Hope some comp
60 Mir : Eh, I can live. But should they dare touch Camembert, there will be hell to pay. On a fairly regular basis. From Publix, no less - it's pretty easily
61 Post contains links Dougloid : Could be. I'm officially retired from the drinking trade but I think maybe I could stand a pint of Ripple-is that what you mean? http://www.bumwine.c
62 Toulouse : You must be having an a really awful day is something as bad as this would make your day! Poor you, what catastropies have happened to you today? And
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