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French Bread Consumption Plunges!

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If when walking around say Paris you notice a few closed for good patisseries or bread shops you may realize that according to statistics French consumption of bread is way down and actually plunging in just the last decade alone.

The NYTimes article says that the average French bloke now eats just a half of a baguette - the most common form of 'French bread' - and the daily staple of many French (who also IME use bits of bread as a utensil when eating - mopping up their plate with it!).

In 1970 the average baguette consumption was a whole baguette per capita and in 1900 it was three baguettes!

In the last decade alone bread consumption in France has plunged 30%.

All this has bakers groups and bread interests in a tizzy and campaigns are being launched to beef up French bread consumption.

alas hings change and the French are getting more health conscious, etc and I'm afraid there may not be a lot less dough in the future of the French bread industry - c'est triste mais c'est vrai

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/world/europe/a-french-dining-staple-is-losing-its-place-at-the-table.html?_r=0

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