by Eleanor BeardsleyThe French, it seems, aren’t eating bread the way they used to. The average French person consumes just half a baguette a day, down from a full baguette 40 years ago.
Those statistics worry the French bakers’ lobby, the Observatoire du Pain.
Bernard Vallius, who heads the group, says it used to be that people ate a sit-down lunch and dinner with family or friends every day. Now people — especially the young and those who live in cities — eat sandwiches or skip lunch altogether and snack, he says.
He calls bread the silent pivot of every French meal. And the bread lobby has launched a campaign to make it speak up. Inspired by the California Milk Board’s campaign, “Got Milk?” the Observatoire du Pain came up with the slogan, “Cou cou, tu as pris le pain?” which translates roughly as, “Hi there, did you pick up the bread?”
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