President Francois Hollande and Xi were all smiles at the
dinner Wednesday at the Elysee presidential palace. But Foreign
Trade Minister Nicole Bricq 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 heard
Bricq called the Elysee's head chef, Guillaume Gomez, to
apologize on Friday, her spokeswoman said.
Guillaume Gomez downplayed the remarks.
"We'll continue to do our work, with the same passion and
dedication," Gomez tweeted.
(Reporting by Alexandria Sage; editing by Angus MacSwan)
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