The French butcher who cuts and tresses your meat with care, and serves
as city dwellers' link to the land, is falling on hard times, unable to
find new blood to keep his iconic image alive — as supermarkets and Arab
butchers selling halal meat at cheaper prices thrive.
The changes in this age-old industry reflect profound economic and
societal shifts gnawing at France's core, and have catapulted the
butcher shop into the debate before presidential elections in April and
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