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Bush’s Parting Shot at the French

January 21, 2009 by

US punishes France with Roquefort tariff

The quintessential French blue cheese found itself the unlikely focus of a trade war after the Bush administration took punitive action for the European Union’s ban on imports of US hormone-treated beef.

America imposed a 100 per cent import duty on a long list of EU products on Thursday, but singled roquefort out for a 300 per cent tariff.

Producers of what the French hail as the “king of cheeses” for its salty tang and creamy finish are furious at the move. They claimed that the action was a parting shot by a Bush administration still piqued by France’s opposition to the Iraq war and that President George W Bush had taken his final revenge against a nation once maligned by Americans as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”.

“Roquefort is a French symbol and we’re paying for its fame,” said Robert Glandieres, president of producers of the cheese, which is made in the Midi-Pyrenees region from sheep’s milk according to a 1,000-year-old tradition.

“Maybe the Bush administration indulged itself by making this decision just before it leaves – no doubt because we resisted it.”

He added that the new duty would “chase Roquefort out of the American market altogether”.

The newspaper Le Monde said that the US action meant that Mr Bush’s presidency “will end on yet another crisis”.

{ 9 comments }

Matt R. January 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I think it’s time to start making my own roquefort now. And the factory I open to do will use only bonafide union employees.

AJ Witoslawski January 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Ahaha lmao… “cheese eating surrender monkeys” is by far the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.

Swood January 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Had you never heard that phrase?
Once ubiquituous…

happylee January 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Very sad. It is one of the very few unpasteurized cheeses widely available. You can even find some in Alabama. We shall see how elastic the demand is. Spending five bucks for a little yummy cheese is okay; spending close to 20 might not be…and this is no doubt Big Beef and Big Bush’s goal. I’ll have to substitute Borden’s or Krafts yellow cheese-like product. It’ll taste just dandy on dark artisan sprouted bread. Yum. Toss on some bologna and I will be almost as white bred as our former Supremo.

Bruce Koerber January 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Executive priviledge granted by the unConstitutional coup – disrupt free trade, and sow distrust, and ordain petty revenge.

We can hope that the cause of liberty in France is growing and ready to assist the rest of the people in the world who are totally disgusted with the injustices and imperialism of the unConstitutional coup.

Miraj Patel January 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Sadly this helps no one and hurts everyone, just like all trade tariffs and embargos.

Pat January 22, 2009 at 1:37 am

Ominous parallels! On October 21, 1929, the stock market had its first crash when an amendment to Hoover’s dreaded tariff bill (an amendment that would have limited tariffs to farm goods) was defeated. On October 29, in response to rumors that Hoover would not veto the bill, the market crashed even more. When Smoot-Hawley was finally signed in June of 1930, tariffs of effectively 60% went into effect on more than 3,200 imported products and materials. This alone caused a 64% drop in US exports over the next three years as other nations retaliated. Nearly 40% US banks failed, and the Great Depression was underway.

History will remember Bush for the childish, mystic fool he was. Who cares about the French cowards and their epithets?

Brently January 22, 2009 at 7:45 am

Hmm… I wasn’t aware America had any Roquefort producers in need of price protection.

What an assinine response to the beef ban.

Let us hope the EU does not retaliate by placing equally high tarrifs on our exports.

Oh wait! We hardly make anything anymore!

RWW January 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

History will remember Bush for the childish, mystic fool he was.

Oh, I don’t doubt he’ll be regarded with contempt, though I fear it will be for all the wrong reasons.

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