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#1 uglybastard

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 08:52 PM

Today: April 13, 2003 at 10:55:27 PDT

U.S. Boycott Hurts French Cheese Exporters
By JOCELYN GECKER
ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARIS (AP) - One way to gauge how Americans are thinking about France after the split over the war in Iraq is to ask a cheese exporter like Marc Refabert.

The Frenchman has been inundated by more than 2,000 e-mails from American customers, ranging in tone from apologetic to impolite, but all carrying the message put succinctly by a man from Illinois: "We no longer buy French products."

Many American gourmets seem to be putting politics over palates, and, although they haven't released any numbers, French suppliers say their bottom lines are being hurt by the French government's refusal to back military action.

"I wish we could just invite people to have some cheese and wine and relax, but that wouldn't appear to be the solution for now," said Refabert, co-founder of the Internet retailer www.fromages.com, which grossed $500,000 last year, mostly on sales to the United States.

An anti-France reaction that started with "freedom fries" has taken on sprawling dimensions: Some U.S. lawmakers are urging American companies to skip the Paris Air Show. A U.S.-based Web site took advertising space in The New York Times urging consumers not to fly Air France, eat Yoplait yogurt or buy a long list of other French goods.

While brie and Bordeaux are unlikely to become permanent casualties, there is little doubt these and other products have become popular targets as Americans turn up their noses at the French.

For Refabert, the influx of nasty e-mails has declined from a peak at the start of the war, but sales at his Tours-based business have not recovered. He's hopeful U.S. demand for French cheese will pick up around Easter, normally one of his busiest periods.

On the other side of the Atlantic, vendors of French goods hold little optimism for a change soon.

Murray's Cheese Shop in New York, known for its extensive French variety, is running a sale of almost exclusively French cheeses.

"People are buying less French cheese, there's no question about it. And I don't believe its subsiding," said Robert Kaufelt, the shop's owner. "It's going to mean better bargains for the customers who do want to buy it."

Kaufelt feels anti-French sentiment has entered a new phase. Initially - after France's prewar threat to use its U.N. veto to block Security Council support for military action - customers berated Kaufelt for carrying French cheeses.

"We don't get any comments or remarks anymore. We're in the unspoken phase - where they're just not buying it," he said.

The anti-French tide has some vendors scrambling for more pro-American suppliers - like the British.

Kaufelt was one of five American foodbuyers who traveled to Yorkshire in northern England in late March looking for British cheeses that could substitute for his French offerings.

Several British newspapers chronicled the visit, reveling in the idea that the delights from Wensleydale and Thirsk could someday replace those from Camembert and Roquefort.

At Wensleydale Dairy, sales director Phil Jones welcomed the new interest in its cheese: "We're cheesemakers and we try not to get too involved with politics. But if politics helps us, well, we'll take advantage of that."

French wine and cheese exporters say it's too soon for precise figures on recent sales to the United States, but few expect those numbers to be positive.

Even once statistics are tabulated, it will be difficult to measure the true impact of a boycott on French business, which is already suffering from economic gloom and a depreciated dollar that makes French products pricier for Americans.

What's not in question is the importance of the American market. The United States was the world's largest consumer of French wines and spirits last year, accounting for nearly a quarter - $1.8 billion - of total French exports.

"It definitely is a bit more challenging to sell French wine these days," said Jacques Thebault of SOPEXA, a branch of the French Agriculture Ministry that markets French food products in the United States. "We believe we're going to have a short-term impact on sales."

Retailers and chain stores in several parts of the United States have put off planned promotions of French wines and delayed new orders, Thebault said.

At the Syndicale des Negotiants de Beaune, which represents 70 producers of Burgundy and Beaujolais wines, they're taking a low profile.

"We're not looking to actively sell French wines in the United States," spokesman Denis Deveau said. "It wouldn't be the politically correct thing to do."

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#2 stranger

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 09:17 PM

I think French can live with this boycott for now. They are better off this way, then when down the line US will put everyone out of business and will flood the world with its faceless, tasteless "universal" production.
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Posted 13 April 2003 - 09:27 PM

there is a cheesefactory not far from where I live, owned by a french/Swiss cooperation. They used to have the US, my State, french and the Swiss flags out in front. For some reason the french one is gone, I don't know why and what happaned to it.....
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#4 littercritter

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 09:36 PM

good article but a better idea!!!:D :cool:
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#5 stranger

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 10:44 PM

French, s.v.p. bring that avatar of yours with girls, it looked more pleasing on your posts....;)
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#6 pilot

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 10:48 PM

Screw the UGLY french!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#7 Atropos

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 10:50 PM

You'd think that after a major economic depression and several recessions since, we would have learned that isolationism in our economic sector only hurts us worse.....people need to be ruled by common sense, not emotion.
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#8 stranger

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 11:13 PM

French,
Whichever of them has a lot of girls, (which is aesthetic,) and don't have Bush (which is not aesthetic.):)
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#9 stranger

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Posted 13 April 2003 - 11:26 PM

Merci, French, c'est deja mieux... Much mieux. :)
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Posted 14 April 2003 - 12:34 AM

Love Withheld,

Her doubt and my own fear have brought me once again in the soul's wilderness, chaos haunts my mind, my heart is tired. Waling through darkness I see her in the shaddows but no longer as a winged angel, but as
a crazed Beast. In her hunger and lust, She now eats her own limbs and her own babies, sucking her own blood through her own weathered breasts.

I like to help her reach out and embrace her, but she keeps me at bay with her hisses, her sharp teeth and nails, and ear piercing whales.

But few hear her cries, and fewer see her torments and her self destruction
in a hopeless existance and her attempt to escape the tortures of unfulfilled love.

Has fear kept me from attacking and killing the beast in HER.
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#11 American Guy

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:11 AM

I do not know anybody who does not support the boycott of French goods here.
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#12 platykitten

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:18 AM

Well, all I can say to that, AG....is...why am I not surprised? <g>
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#13 American Guy

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:21 AM

yawn

I am sure I have been to France more times than you have been to the USA.

Yawn

Platy, sure, I have no reason to lie.
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#14 DUMA

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:26 AM

I am so glad AG did not read or understand my post.
He has a way of making sense of non-sense
Not a small achievement those noises for a deflated ego.
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#15 American Guy

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:30 AM

No, my father was a USAF fighter pilot, we traveled Europe exensively and two years ago I stayed in Calvalier Sur Mer in Provence, Nice and St. Tropez.

I have landed at Calais from Dover and driven all over France more than once.
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#16 American Guy

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:31 AM

Duma, mostly I ignore you , except when ridiculing your stupidist threads.
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#17 American Guy

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:32 AM

I would say I have been to France 4 times, how many times have been to the USA?
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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:35 AM

No, sorry, you are wrong, actually, I had a fine time, would you like to hear more?

Is that to say that if you had been here that you would not say the stupid things you do?

ha ha ha ha ha ha

moron
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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:38 AM

Would you like a description of the NIce oceanfront, block by block?
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Posted 14 April 2003 - 01:39 AM

Avenue De Anglaise

From the arport heading north to Monaco?

What is the name of the novelist who was active in the anti Nazi resistence, his house is there.

Victor Hugo?
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