20 October 1999
Picardy panic at British beef

THE arrival of British beef for a celebratory lunch at a French restaurant in Amiens, Picardy, sent authorities into a panic yesterday, report several national newspapers.

The 30lbs of fillet steak had been brought to France by French farmers who feel that the British farmers case is not being heard properly on their side of the Channel.

They organised a lunch in the restaurant to be addressed by a British Euro MP.

French authorities, including the French internal security police, arrived just before the main course was due to be served and confiscated the offending meat.