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So the BBC has just published an article about France and it's love of British food in the same week M&S opened it's second store in France.
The beeb sought out the opinion of French journalist Agnes Poirier, who divides her time between London and Paris.
Poirier argues that 'The fascination with M&S sums up the French attitude to British food, Mint sauce with lamb, the triangle sandwich, coleslaw - these are alien concepts.
"It's quirky. They look disgusting, so people are absolutely entranced to find they like them." Then there's all the cakes, scones and biscuits, which are hard to resist.
"It goes from repulsion to attraction with British food," Poirier says. "But it is not taken seriously."
Has British gastronomy really not moved on in the eyes of the French from simply Rosbif or Fish & Chips?
Is it true that the only people buying the British products stocked in supermarkets in France are expats? No one I know buys British products in the supermarkets as they're too expensive - we all get it shipped from the UK with visitors! I don't believe it is simply expats buying. The ranges are increasing in the supermarkets but then only this week Ocado introduced a 'French' range to their online store. Is this purely for the French expats in the UK? No of course not.
I import British teabags for my French neighbours as they love a bit of PG (Lipton just isn't the same!) so the French are experimenting with British Cuisine - though try as I might I have yet to find a French friend who likes marmite :(