At a farm in southwest
The delicacy, made from the fatty livers of force-fed ducks and geese, has been banned in California since July 1.
But this week, President
How? By sending gifts of foie gras to political leaders in the U.S. "for their own great enjoyment," Hollande said at a foie gras farm in Monlezun. He also plans to invoke France's free trade right to export a "good product," which he said takes into account "health norms" and "animal comfort."
More than 80% of the world's foie gras is made in France – and most of it is consumed there too. Many French officials are worried that foie gras bans like the one in California could spread – similar laws are already in place in Italy, Britain and Germany.
Earlier in July, one French politician called for restaurants across France to stop serving California wines in protest of the Golden State's foie gras ban.
"I call on all the restaurants in France that sell Californian wine to stop doing so in a show of solidarity for our foie gras makers and, more broadly, for all food makers," said Philippe Martin, the president of the general council in the Gers in Gascony.