French Fight Back Against California Foie Gras Ban

Ok, so Californians don't actually eat all that much foie gras. And French people don't drink that much California wine, relatively speaking. But that has hasn't stopped one pate-eating ami of food lovers everywhere from taking a stand for what he believes is right. Here's Philippe Martin, the president of the general council of Gers:

“I call on all the restaurants in France that sell Californian wine to stop doing so in a show of solidarity for our foie gras makers and, more broadly, for all food makers,”

Martin was spurred to anger by the ban on the sale of fatty goose and duck liver that took effect in the Golden State on July 1. The tirade wasn't exactly selfless: Gers produces two-thirds of the foie gras consumed worldwide, about 16,000 tons. 

But Martin deserves praise for self-awareness (“This won’t have severe impact on the Gers region trade balance, let alone the French trade, or the California trade balance," Martin told Bloomberg Week.) and also for proposing a voluntary boycott.

The last time the U.S. and France got their culottes (or should I say bobettes?) in a bunch about the trade balance between the two countries, President George W. Bush wound up threatening to bar Roquefort cheese and—you guessed it—foie gras from the U.S. of A.

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    So when we got pissy at the French we wanted to rename French Fries Freedom Fries. What would be the French equivalent to that?

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    A royale with cheese.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Rick's Cafe Liberté.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Freedom football.

  • Voros McCracken||

    Trying to answer seriously?

    The Nada Valley?

    In any event Katherine needs her alt-text fixed...

  • mr simple||

    Bite the curb, duck!

  • Voros McCracken||

    I meant spelling...

  • SIV||

    should I say bobettes?

    No.Culottes is correct.Look at any French language lingerie site.

    Frog chicks don't wear "brassieres" either. They wear soutien-gorges

  • SIV||

    So much for closing that italics tag

  • SIV||

    bobettesin context appears to be more gender-neutral.

  • SIV||

    and alliterative

  • BarryD||

    France vs. California

    Economic Cripple Fight!

  • Drake||

    This time it's snobby.

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    I call for a Steel Cage Match. Loser leaves town.

  • $park¥||

    Noooooo. Alt-text fail, and from the woman who covers education...

  • Voros McCracken||

    I'm choosing to blame one of the interns, possibly tired from the appalling working conditions in the third world hellhole that is "Reason Headquarters."

  • Zeb||

    Anyone who thinks that geese should not be tortured have obviously never met any geese.

  • johnl||

    The sad thing is that California winemakers tend to be foodies and you would expect they're already against the ban. So the French are retaliating against their allies. It reminds me of when my mayor called for a boycot of the businesses in Carlsbad, because Carlsbad is blocking the completion of arterial highways to Oceanside. But I was already boycotting businesses in Carlsbad, because the arterial highways are blocked. The businesses are on our side.


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