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French Food's Credit Crunch

The economic downturn punched France's high-end restaurants in the gut: fewer people can afford $450-per-head meals. However, a number of French chefs are dealing with that deflated soufflé by opening fast-food joints, The Telegraph reports. Paul Bocuse, the "pope" of French cuisine added a fast food chain that offers entire meals for $15 as well as ham sandwiches and burgers for under $10. Guy Martin, a Michelin starred chef who runs the Grand Vefour in Paris, opened a snack food counter and Helene Darroze, a two-star Michelin Chef, is now offering a low-cost tapas lunch.