At a farm in southwest France, the president of France took a stand for one of his nation’s most indulgent exports: foie gras.
The delicacy, made from the fatty livers of force-fed ducks and geese, has been banned in California since July 1. Animal rights activists say foie gras production requires cruel treatment of the fowl; restaurateurs say the extravagant and expensive treat is a key component of their culinary repertoire.
But this week, President Francois Hollande vowed that he “would not let foie gras exports be jeopardized, especially in certain countries, or certain states in America,” according to the Independent, a British publication.
How? By sending gifts of foie gras to political leaders in the U.S. “for their own great enjoyment,” Hollande said at a foie gras farm in Monlezun. He also plans to invoke France’s free trade right to export a “good product,” which he said takes into account “health norms” and “animal comfort.”