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Nicolas Sarkozy bans cheese from Elysee Palace
薩科茲將乳酪逐出艾麗榭宮

A man presents his electoral card in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on April 18.
一名男子四月十八日在法國巴黎艾麗榭宮前亮出他的選票卡。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

It is an admission that is verging on sacrilegious for a French president. But Nicolas Sarkozy’s top chef has revealed that the French head of state has banned cheese from the table at the Elysee Palace.

Former French president Charles de Gaulle once famously declared” How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?”

The fitness-mad Sarkozy has chosen to remove the source of de Gaulle’s angst from his sight, according to presidential chef Bernard Vaussion, who is cooking for his fifth French head of state.

The French were famously dubbed “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” by irate US Republicans when they failed to support the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

But Sarkozy has done away with the high-fat stuff altogether after meals, his chef explained, as “it was too much” for him.

His cheese aversion even threatened to spark a diplomatic incident last October, when he offended Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, by telling another EU leader that over dinner “she says she is on a diet and then helps herself to a second helping of cheese.”

(Liberty Times)

對一位法國總統而言,這種話幾乎是冒天下之大不韙。不過尼可拉‧薩科茲的御用大廚透露,這位法國國家元首已禁止乳酪出現在艾麗榭宮的餐桌上。

前法國總統戴高樂曾有一句名言:「誰有辦法統治一個可以搞出兩百四十六種乳酪的國家呢?」

正為他的第五位法國元首做菜餚的總統御廚伯納德.沃森透露,為了身材而瘋狂的薩科茲已選擇將戴高樂痛苦的根源移出視線。

二○○三年法國未能支持美國進攻伊拉克,當時惱怒的美國共和黨人就把法國人冠上「吃乳酪的投降猴子」稱號。

不過薩科茲已全然摒棄了這種餐後的高脂食物,他的大廚解釋說,因為他「受不了這東西」。

去年十月,他對乳酪的嫌惡甚至差點引起一場外交風波。當時薩科茲在席間對另一位歐盟領導人說:「她(德國總理梅克爾)說她在節食,然後卻又取了一份乳酪吃。」這句話惹到了梅克爾。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. sacrilegious adj.

冒瀆的 (mao4 du2 de5)

例: Your words are sacrilegious.

(你的話是褻瀆神明的。)

2. angst n.

痛苦 (tong4 ku3)

例: The feeling of abdominal pain can cause angst in a person.

(肚子的疼痛可帶給一個人痛苦。)

3. do away with v. phr.

去除 (qu4 chu2)

例: The time has come to do away with that old car.

(該是處理掉那輛老車的時候了。)


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