Chicken … hookers … policemen … what can they have in common …?

The French are going crazy over chickens

Aha! nice!

The French are going crazy over chickens. I mean about eating them, or though the title of this blog entry may make you think all kinds of things. But about the title in a moment …

According to the Institute FranceAgriMer, some butchers are now selling about 150 chickens a week whereas 10 years ago it would not have been even twenty. Ten years ago, though, a chicken roast was considered a dish for an anniversary or for a special Sunday, or if you wanted to impress someone – “Chicken! Oh la la, we eat it at least twice a week”.

The reason for chicken’s popularity is – yes, you’ve guessed it – hard times.  A chicken for a family of four would cost approximately €7 ($10 / $6) whereas four medium-sized, even small steaks that would make a child ask for more, would set you back four times that.  Pork, which is the cheapest meat in France, will also be more expensive than chicken.

The institute did however point out that there are also other reasons for the chicken eating.

One reason is that the French have it in their heads that red meat is bad for their health. Women especially opt for chicken believing that it is lower in calories than meat.

Another is that the French neither know how to cook the cheaper cuts of meat, or they do not have time to do so. It might seem incredible that a French person would not know how to cook, say  a dish like Boeuf Bourguinon, but these days a child would much rather play video games or chat on their mobiles/cell phones than help out in the kitchen and would therefore not learn how to cook.

Whatever the reason is for meat being in the dog house (literally speaking), each of us here now eats 25 kilos (55 lbs) of chicken each year.  I am sure that I do not tempting as it is to buy a roasted chicken at one of Paris’s very many open-air markets – especially the one on Rue Mouffetard.

But to return to the title of this blog entry.

What is the connection between a chicken (a poulet) and a hooker, or a chicken and a policeman?

French slang for a hooker is a poule (hen), and for a call girl it is poule de luxe, whereas the slang for a policeman is poulet.  They are also called mackerels, but that is another story.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses

10-1-2010 at 02:41:22

Horreurs, the French not being able to cook!!! What is the world coming to.

10-1-2010 at 05:47:31

Interesting facts about poulet and the French. And come to think of it, we had roast chicken last Friday at my father-in-law’s house for his birthday, but it was the first time I had chicken in someone’s home (other than mine) since I’ve been here. Maybe I’m going to be served more chicken from now on…

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