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Question and Answer
In Vino Veritas
“Ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s landmark European trip kicking off this weekend, French officials reportedly nixed plans for a formal meal in Paris with President François Hollande following a dispute over the menu,” the Washington Post reports:
The Iranians, according to France’s RTL Radio, insisted on a wine-free meal with halal meat—a request based on Islamic codes that amounted to culinary sacrilege in France, a nation that puts the secular ideals of the Republic above all else.
The French, RTL said, counter offered with a presumably alcohol-free breakfast—which the Iranians promptly rejected because it appeared too “cheap.”
We never thought we’d say this, but you really have to admire how the French stand up for their principles.
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