I learn something new everyday. Today I learned something about French blue cheese.
The USA is now charging them a 300% import tax on any blue cheese coming into the States.
Where did I learn this?
From a nice French man while shopping for produce today.
First, he asks me if I'm British, which I am not. I tell him I'm from the United States. He says,
"The French are not very happy with you."
Jokingly I say, "with me?" And he says,
"Yes, your country is charging us 300% tax on cheese."
I will say this, he was a nice French man, very scholarly and witty. I must also give him credit, because just a few short weeks ago, this conversation would have gone much differently. It would have turned into "The President Bush Blue Cheese Saga" in the middle of the store and anyone within ear shot would have chimed in.
He was a gentleman opponent. Called me "clever" and even got my Japanese produce guy to crach a smile.
Like any good "uneducated" American (yes, I'm educated, just not up on the details of current events), I came home and Googled French cheese import tax.
There it was.
Seems France doesn't want our hormone injected beef or our bleach cleaned chickens, so they banned them.
O' but why not? Do they not sound yummy.
So we retaliate with a blue cheese tax.
Come to find out, it was Bush, but the French man was nice enough not to mention that in the middle of the store.
I bet old George didn't want Velveeta to have any competition.