Too much fromage

France needs a fat bastard tax:

The number of obese people in France, famed as the land of the slim, has doubled in the past 15 years to reach seven million, a new study has found.

Envied for somehow managing to eat great food and wine without putting on weight, the?French?are gradually falling foul of “Anglo-Saxon” couch potato and fast food culture, increasingly grazing between meals or in front of computer screens, the state-sponsored study by ObEpi-Roche found.

They may still officially be among Europe’s thinnest people but the average French person has put on more than half a stone since 1997 to weigh in at 11 stone 6lbs. That means that 15 per cent of the French population is now obese and 32.3 per cent overweight.