France’s lunch crunch

All over France restaurant tables are standing empty and it’s not just because of straitened economic times.

Bernard Picolet, a restaurant owner in Paris, tells the Independent’s John Lichfield: “The French these days are no longer eating like the French. They are eating like the English.

“Younger French people don’t understand or care about food. They are happy to gobble a sandwich or chips, rather than going to a restaurant. They will spend a lot of money going to a nightclub but not to eat a good meal.”

The Independent: Lunch is for Rosbifs: France’s restaurants feel the pinch