You have to really put in an effort to go to France and make even the French think you’re an elitist snob, but President Obama gave it his best try:

A US “taster” tested the food being dished up to President Barack Obama at a dinner in a French restaurant, a waiter said on Sunday.

“They have someone who tastes the dishes,” said waiter Gabriel de Carvalho from the “La Fontaine de Mars” restaurant where Obama and his family turned up for dinner on Saturday night.

“It wasn’t very pleasant for the cooks at first, but the person was very nice and was relaxed, so it all went well,” he said on the Itele news channel.

Asked by AFP to comment, the restaurant confirmed the report.

They say “food taster” because “guinea pig” or “coal mine canary” sounds so un-hope-ish.

This promises to be a good “stimulus” plan for people from the food taster industry, most of whom were laid off after Henry the VIII died.

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