The French are un-American

France bans ketchup in cafeterias

First France built a wall around its language to protect it from pernicious Anglo-Saxon invaders. Now it is throwing up a shield against another perceived threat to its culture and civilization: ketchup.

In an effort to promote healthful eating and, it has been suggested, to protect traditional Gallic cuisine, the French government has banned school and college cafeterias nationwide from offering the American tomato-based condiment with any food but — of all things — French fries.

Except France calls them “pommes frites.” They can’t even say it right.

I don’t know what Jerry Lewis sees in those people.

Freedom Fries

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33 Responses to The French are un-American

  1. HELENK says:

    well those freedom fries do need catsup.
    Can governments find more ways to waste time?

  2. Three Wickets says:

    Obama and Romney carbon copies? Pretty much.

    • votermom says:

      Hah! I think Perry recognizes that the Tea Partiers & the Palin supporters are looking to see which candidate is the anti-Romney.

    • Karma says:

      Ooh that’s good….might have to tune into the next debate. And it will be interesting to see who will try for Palin’s voters.

  3. propertius says:

    Perhaps if someone pointed out that ketchup is originally Indonesian, they might change their minds. 😉

  4. yttik says:

    ROFL! They really should ban ketchup. One of the worse insults you can give a chef, even in America, is to ask for a bottle of ketchup. Try it sometime…and then run.

  5. Dario says:

    Fascists. Kidding aside, the ban is just in schools, and I believe it’s a good thing because people shouldn’t eat too much potatoes. It’s mostly sugar. Children and young adults need to be inculcated with good eating habits.

    Fyi, I’m using a word not used very much in English, but I think it’s the best word in this case. Inculcate means to implant by repetition a behavior, value, etc.

  6. WMCB says:

    I don’t really care what the French do in their own country, so long as they keep producing good cheese. I used to add wine to that statement, but I’m mostly enjoying Chilean and Argentinian these days.


  7. The Penguin says:

    “The problem with the French is they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.” – George Bush

  8. HELENK says:

    to go along with the silly

    the new big seller in holloween

  9. I was watching Prohibition on PBS last week. When they were talking about the anti-German sentiment (WWI), Americans were beating up people speaking German, blowing up …dachshunds and – wait for it – re-naming sauercraut “freedom cabbage”. And then too, this was accomplished via propaganda.

    • Karma says:

      Trying to catch the repeats we only caught one of them.

      Nice to see what is old is new again. Well, with the exception of the dachshunds…

  10. Jadzia says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Two of my kids actually eat at one of those cantines every day but this is the first I’ve heard about a ketchup ban, probably because they are too busy complaining that their teachers require them to use table manners.

    (It is kind of funny when you ask your preschooler about lunch and his response begins, “Well, for the first course we had….”)

    • votermom says:

      I remember a story from one of the teachers in my kid’s preschool. One of the other kids was French, and the teacher said she loved to see what the kid packed for lunch. All the other kids would have pbj sandwiches etc. The French kid would have a hunk of french bread, a chunk of cheese, a fruit, and water.

      • Jadzia says:

        Mmmm, peanut butter. Totally unavailable here. : (

        The kids have TOTALLY taken to the cheese. The runnier and stinkier it is, the better they like it. They still beg to go to McDonald’s, though.

  11. Monster from the Id says:

    *sigh* Maybe the French wouldn’t be so paranoid about cultural “invasions” if their generals had known how to use tanks in 1940.

    [The French actually had a higher quantity and quality of tanks in 1940 than the Germans did, but most of the French generals didn’t know how to use them properly.]

  12. Monster from the Id says:

    Speaking of the French, I find myself feeling more like a sans-culotte as time passes.

  13. Ugsome says:

    “Casse-toi pauvr’ con”

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