Cheesed off protesters slam US mimolette blockade

Updated 15 April 2013
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Cheesed off protesters slam US mimolette blockade

NEW YORK: Around 40 protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday to demonstrate against a US ban on mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese. Since March, several hundred pounds of the bright orange cheese have been held up by US customs because of a warning by the Food and Drug Administration that it contained microscopic cheese mites.
The mites are a critical part of the process to produce mimolette, giving it its distinctive grayish crust. The US decision has angered importers and consumers, who have even set up a Facebook page titled “Save the Mimolette.” Protesters in Greenwich Village — many dressed in orange-- handed out bite-sized samples of the cheese to passersby in order to raise awareness of the ban.
“We had eight balls of three kilos, so we decided to educate people a little,” said Benoit de Vitton, an importer of the cheese. De Vitton said he was baffled by the recent blockade, noting he has imported mimolette for two decades without a problem.
“They are afraid of allergies,” he said. “But we’ve been doing this for 20 years without any problem.”


Trump wipes dandruff off visiting French President Macron

Updated 24 April 2018
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Trump wipes dandruff off visiting French President Macron

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday made a show of flicking dandruff from the suit collar of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, saying it was a sign of the two leaders’ “very special relationship.”
Trump made the surprise gesture as Macron, the first foreign leader to be honored with a state visit in Washington since Trump took office 15 months ago, stood at his side for a photo opportunity in the White House’s Oval Office.


“We have a very special relationship, in fact I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off... We have to make him perfect, he is perfect,” Trump said to a laughing Macron.