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Bon Appetit, And Pass The Crumpets! British Food Invasion In France

The French may never abandon the notion of mealtime as sacred, but it seems they love their crumpets and chips. France is now the second-largest importer for British food products.

Sweet shot of Rose Bakery, Paris
Sweet shot of Rose Bakery, Paris
Anaïs Moutot

PARIS Will Christmas pudding replace the traditional yule log on French tables this year? Jill Bruce, head of Marks & Spencer's international food sector, thinks it just might. This very British dessert was chosen to be showcased at the new M&S Food that opened last week in Paris.

Ten years after leaving France, the company made a great comeback three years ago by opening a 1,400-square-meter flagship store on the Champs-Elysées. And since June, it has opened several M&S Foods, minimarkets that sell only food products. The group plans to add 20 more M&S Foods to its 11 outlets in the Paris region in the next three years, making Paris the leading Marks & Spencer city outside the United Kingdom.

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Geopolitics

AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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