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The French Army’s gourmet MRE’s


"There's fondue in there. There's a world of things in there ... marmalades, tagines, rice dishes. ... That cheese! All week long, I could eat just that. The whole week."

— Activist Abderhamane Maiga quoted in The Wall Street Journal on the quality of the French army's MREs, which in the wake of French military action in Mali have been available in the nation's open-air markets for about $3. The multi-course packages often contain French favorites such as duck fat-laden cassoulet, Camembert cheese and chocolate cake. The article notes the French still follow Napoleon's pronouncement, "An army marches on its stomach."

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