Concluding Xi Jinping’s visit to France this week, French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq was overheard on camera giving a rather scathing review of the food that was served to the president during a state dinner in a video that’s gone viral online, and frankly she didn’t bother sparing anyone’s feelings.
Bricq was caught by cameras whispering to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his wife, Brigitte Terrian, about the food as Xi and Peng Liyuan departed the Hôtel Matignon in a limousine. Unaware that they were being filmed, Bricq told the couple that the food served at the Élysée state dinner waned in comparison to food the Chinese president was offered at another restaurant they’d patronized.
“I told Brigitte that, frankly, with Matignon … it wasn’t close. … At Élysée, it was disgusting. It has to be said, it was disgusting,” Bricq said.
The minister felt so bad about the remark afterwards that she called resident chef Guillaume Gomez to apologize but was rebuked by the chef, according to The Globe and Mail. Luckily, hundreds of people rushed to the defense of Gomez in comments on his Facebook page as a way to soothe his hurt ego, because when the External Trade Minister of France isn’t there for you, the internet is.