France’s trade minister had to eat humble pie after she was caught on film saying that food served at a state dinner for China’s President Xi Jinping was “disgusting.”
French President Francois Hollande and Xi were all smiles at the dinner at the Elysee presidential palace. But Foreign Trade Minister Nicole Bricq, however, was unimpressed by the fare that included foie gras, roasted poultry with mushrooms, and a chocolate and caramel dessert.
Television cameras caught her telling Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault that the food at the Elysee did not compare with that served at Matignon, the prime minister’s office, where she had attended a lunch for Xi.
“Frankly, at Matignon, there’s no comparison. It wasn’t that way at all at the Elysee. No, it was disgusting,” she could be heard whispering.
Bricq later called the Elysee’s head chef, Guillaume Gomez, to apologize, her spokeswoman said. Guillaume Gomez downplayed the remarks. “We’ll continue to do our work, with the same passion and dedication,” Gomez tweeted.
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