Veganism can be sometimes seen as a cult or as an unhealthy lifestyle in France. In addition, there is a lot of stigma attached to vegans right now: after a terrorist attack in March 2018, in which a butcher died, an important member of the vegan community cheered about his death. Whether we hail or condemn him, the fragile image of vegans was temporarily harmed, in the media at least.
This being said, veganism has made some good strides forward thanks to great ambassadors like the VG Patisserie, which attracts vegans and non-vegans alike as well as some respected health experts who recently took a stand on plant-based nutrition. There is a great growth in vegetarian meals in restaurants and supermarkets, but much less in vegan meals and foods. The solution resides in buying your own produce and fruits (some of the highest quality in the world) in the local markets. Indeed, you will taste some of the best fruits and vegetables you ever had. Even the nuts taste better here!
The French have always perceived themselves as a beacon of great cuisine (see LOCAL FOOD page) and rejecting animal products can be taken as a personal insult to their culture. Also, in France, your waiter/waitress might think that vegans can eat fish or other animal products, as some vegetarians do. You need to explain in detail what one does not eat when vegan.
Paris is by far the most vegan friendly city in France as new vegan restaurants and shops are popping up each day. Other good news is that you will almost always find something to eat in a regular restaurant because the French do like their vegetables and absolutely LOVE their wine.
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