Time was when French gourmet-diners loved nothing more than a large 'plateau de fruits de mer'. Now their pleasure may be curtailed.
What last week was a regular gastronomic experience has become toxic this week, as the export of UK shellfish to the EU has been indefinitely halted.
UK shellfish such as Oysters, Mussels, Clams, and Scallops, were previously processed in the EU. Now the 'depuration' process must take place prior to entry into the EU; but the import ban remains in place regardless.
The punishment of the UK for Bexit continues. Last week Macron did his best to denounce the effectiveness of a British Covid-19 vaccine; only to make himself look a complete fool in the process. Now UK bivalves (some of the best in the world) are denounced as 'unsafe', and may no longer be consumed in EU countries.
One can but wonder what will be next on their list? Marmite? Worcestershire Sauce? Maynard's Wine Gums?
So, rise up Britannia. Eat more shellfish. Gorge yourselves on the sea's most delicious fruits. It's good for you, it tastes wonderful, and you'll be helping your fishermen. Perhaps the UK's fishmongers could also help the cause by lowering their prices.
The main difficulty will be getting Brits to consume all those weird looking things that previously only foreigners ate (probably with garlic!).
The more Brussels dreams-up their puerile bully-boy tactics, the more other member states see how badly they can behave. My prediction that by 2030 the EU will look very different, is beginning to seem even more certain!