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April 23, 1989
The article on supermarkets in France was amusing ("French Say Au Revoir to the Old Ways of Shopping," April 9). While the French are wringing their hands at the loss of the "village culture" way of shopping, many Americans are opting for what is essentially the same thing. The new "super" supermarkets are essentially a village shopping concept under one roof. On my first visit to an Advantage store, Lucky's version of a "super," my first impression was how much it was like shopping in a small European town.
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May 17, 2009 | Angela Charlton and Charlton writes for the Associated Press.
Bargain hunters in a grocery store northeast of Paris squint as they scan figures stamped on shrink-wrapped chunks of Gruyere and bags of green olives. They're not zeroing in on the price, certain to be low in a place that specializes in surplus goods from big-name supermarket chains. They want the "use by" date. Just one day remains before the cheese is past its prime. The olives have just crossed their threshold. And shoppers are snapping them up. Buying expired food sounds like culinary blasphemy in a place like France, where many already fear the cherished art of preparing and indulging in a good meal -- so central to the nation's self-image -- is slowly evaporating.
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February 25, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For generations, the muscled fishermen of Brittany have harvested the cold, choppy waters of the Atlantic, relishing the good years and enduring the bad ones to keep seafood on the great tables of France. But all that changed when they went on strike recently over low prices for imported fish. In one city, 5,000 fishermen battled riot police with baseball bats and iron bars, injuring 134 officers beneath a tear-gas haze.
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