When President Hollande announced that he would be introducing a 75% tax rate for France's highest earners, I applauded the sentiment but doubted it was practicable. But now, the French government is proposing another tax on the rich: the rich, chocolatey goodness of Nutella or, more precisely, the palm oil it contains.
This time the target is not disparity of income, but rates of heart disease, with an impact on environmental damage in South East Asia thrown in for good measure, as this article in today's Guardian explains. But, as one commentator points out, the French have been consuming Nutella for decades now, while obesity has only become a concern over the past few years and rates of heart disease remain relatively low. Which is all the more astonishing when you consider that in some parts of the country (Bretagne, I'm looking at you) they know that Nutella's sticky sweetness is best balanced out by spreading it over a nice thick layer of salted butter.
How long do I have to stay here before l'exception française applies to me too?