Hold the French fries at the Games!


A hall at the Olympic Village restaurant in Paris, built inside a former power plant. The environment will come first as France tries to revitalise the global image of its cuisine as a parade of elaborate sauces and copious butter. — ©2024 The New York Times Company

THERE will be no French fries for the 15,000 athletes at the Olympic Games that open in France next month. Yes, you read that right.

In what is being called the biggest restaurant in the world – a 210m-long former electrical power plant at the heart of the Olympic Village – there will be no foie gras, either, but vegetarian hot dogs and quinoa muesli will abound.

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