Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Parisians can buy pâté, steak from a meat vending machine

“Now the vexing problem of what to eat with baguettes is solved.

PARIS — With their beloved baguette already available 24 hours a day, it seems only logical that Parisians can now get the Bayonne ham and Basque pâté that goes so well with the bread from the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital.

In a city filled with small shops where long lunches remain a crucial part of the French ‘art de vivre,’ the gleaming red machine set up on the lively Rue de Charonne in eastern Paris seems a bit incongruous.

While baguette dispensers have enjoyed success across France over the past five years, the meat vending machines business remains in in the embryonic stage in France.”

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