Food in the Cities

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Many things have changed for the French in the last 30 years. People have moved away from the country to the cities. More women have gone to work outside the home and now have less time to work in the home. Products and ideas have come to France from other countries of the world. All these factors have changed the way of life for many French people.

How do you think the French diet has been affected by these changes? Do you think that people in the cities might eat differently from people who still live in the countryside?

If you said yes, you are half right. Many things about the way French people eat have changed, but many things remain the same. It is not unusual to see fast-food restaurants in French cities. There are self-service cafeterias, places for light snacks and stand. up coffee bars, where people stand at tables to drink a quick cup of coffee. Both Ie hamburger and Ie milkshake are familiar to most young French people.

The schedule of meals has also changed. Because many people now travel long distances to get to work, they do not have time to go home for lunch. Many companies no longer give a two-hour lunch break. Instead, factory workers eat quickly in a company canteen, and office workers may have a quick, light lunch - perhaps a salad or half a loaf of French bread stuffed with meat.

In many homes, neither parent comes home for lunch, so schoolchildren often eat at school. School lunches usually consist of a hot dish or salad and bread with meat.

What are some of the reasons that lunch breaks are shorter than they used to be?