Act 1: Modern Prohibition

At the beginning of the twentieth century, wise and well-informed people must have said to themselves that this last century of the second millennium must end on solid ground.
High society at that time had not yet experienced France’s May 1968, where the one thing it was easy to take away, between two teargas-infused slogans, was that it was forbidden to forbid.

A Brief History of Prohibitions: Introduction

From the time civilized human beings first walked this planet, the misdemeanours they have committed due to overindulgence in alcohol are numerous and, as the butterfly effect demands, such misdemeanours are sometimes just the beginning of a long series of foolish acts.
It is perhaps due to these chaotic stumblings of our brief history that humanity took it into its head to drastically curb alcohol consumption or even impose a long-term ban on it.

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity – Part 3/3

Beer, wine, coffee, tea … these are all still drunk today and yet these drinks date back some way, which leads to the seemingly inevitable conclusion that we are standing still! Yet this is not the case at all; we have evolved. By way of a very short popular history of the drinks of antiquity, we will see that the Mesopotamians used to eat beer, that the Romans watered their wine, that coffee was first consumed by a herd of goats, and that tea was behind the creation of infusion sachets.

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity – Part 2/3

Beer, wine, coffee, tea … these are all still drunk today and yet these drinks date back some way, which leads to the seemingly inevitable conclusion that we are standing still! Yet this is not the case at all; we have evolved. By way of a very short popular history of the drinks of antiquity, we will see that the Mesopotamians used to eat beer, that the Romans watered their wine, that coffee was first consumed by a herd of goats, and that tea was behind the creation of infusion sachets.

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity – Part 1/3

Beer, wine, coffee, tea … these are all still drunk today and yet these drinks date back some way, which leads to the seemingly inevitable conclusion that we are standing still! Yet this is not the case at all; we have evolved. By way of a very short popular history of the drinks of antiquity, we will see that the Mesopotamians used to eat beer, that the Romans watered their wine, that coffee was first consumed by a herd of goats, and that tea was behind the creation of infusion sachets.

Champagne!

This isn’t the first time someone has wondered what makes the champagne ritual such a global phenomenon. So why is it that the biggest celebrations in our lives, all around the world, are toasted with a glass of champagne? This sacrosanct beverage, once poured into its fragile, graceful crystal pitcher, sparkles with a thousand shining golden stars and all the secrets of life are whispered in the murmur of its bubbles.

A victory like an excellent champagne without bubbles.

The deed is done. France has added a second star to its jersey, the second trophy for the tricolour team at this 21st World Cup Final. Twenty years after their first, Les Bleus were able to repeat this fabulous exploit and once more hold high the cup coveted by a few billion people on earth. The history of football is now paying homage to its new legends. Yet there’s an after-taste that stops us from savouring this victory, yelling and crying for joy like we did in 98…

Djibouti celebrates France’s World Cup victory.

Last night, most of Djibouti was in sync with Les Bleus. Djiboutians, along with expats and French military personnel, were united in an incredible explosion of pure joy. Just like in many other nations, the vibrant young people in the smallest country on the Horn of Africa have football in their blood.

Au cœur des enjeux mondiaux de santé publique, le Clean Label.

Au siècle de l’information globalisée, une chose est plus que certaine, le client-consommateur n’a jamais été aussi écouté et autant entendu. L’époque où les producteurs de l’industrie agroalimentaire s’offraient le luxe d’écouler leurs produits sur le marché sans vraiment se soucier de l’avis de certains consommateurs pointilleux est totalement révolue.