Europe With its famous food in peril, France goes all out on 'gastrono-diplomacy'

With the French eating more fast food and less traditional fare than ever before, the government pulled out all the stops for a multicourse, multicontinent culinary event.

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Marching under the opulent crystal chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, through the Queen’s chamber, and past grand salons decorated with oil paintings of French royals, the politicians and ambassadors finally take their seats in the Battles Gallery.