Good Grief! This is quoted from the UK Times Online: "Gallic gastronomic icons such as brie, foie gras, pastries as well as dozens of other extra fatty delicacies could be subject to a 14.1% increase in taxes as part of a bid by the French government to keep its nation fit and healthy."
Are these people TRYING to kill me? This all stems from a rise in childhood obesity in France. Get real: Kids are getting fatter because, like everywhere else, they have adapted to a feeding culture that boasts HUGE plates, massive amounts of saturated fat but that leaves them hungry in an hour. Can anyone say Golden Arches? The fast food epidemic is just as prevalent in Europe as it is in North America, amongst the younger set. The older set? Not so much.
My great-grandmother lived to 105 - she ate cheese, foie gras, croissants, snails, all sorts of things that would now be taxed to death in a typically paternalistic effort to extend her life. Thank goodness she isn't here to see this.