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  • In what ways has the pandemic affected French dining habits?
  • In what ways has the pandemic affected French dining habits?
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Why French foodies are rethinking takeaways

French society is famously food-centric, with long lunches and pre-dinner drinks forming part of daily rituals. But with COVID-19 having confined people to their homes, dining habits have had to change as a necessity. How might the crisis reshape mealtime behaviours in the long term?

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When cafés, bars, and restaurants across France closed their doors in mid-March 2020 as part of the measures taken to fight COVID-19, the nation mourned. French society is famously food-centric, revolving around near-universal rituals – dinners with extended family, apéro with friends, and the pause déjeuner often shared with colleagues. What would social life look like in the absence of these treasured moments?

Before the pandemic hit, France’s restaurant industry was thriving. According to research carried out by Qualimétrie and Vertone in 2019, 65% of people nationwide visit a restaurant at least once a month, with 32% doing ...

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