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Are standards in French restaurants slipping?

France has an international reputation for fine food, but increasingly both foreign visitors and locals are complaining about a drop in standards.

Chefs say many restaurants are cutting corners by using factory-made or processed ingredients.

The government is trying to reverse the trend by awarding chefs who uphold culinary traditions with the title of 'master restaurateurs'.

But so far just a few have qualified for the title.

David Chazan reports from Paris.

  • 15 Feb 2011
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