‘Doggy bags’ were introduced in 100 Paris restaurants

France combats food waste with doggy bags

A new law in France requires restaurants to cut food waste, prompting some to adopt the American habit of handing out doggy bags. Diane Hodges reports.

(Reuters) – With the New Year, many diners in France are seeing something new at their table — a doggy bag.

A new law requires restaurants to cut food waste.

So Yann Hulin at Paris’ Bouillon Chartier restaurant is getting rid of their leftovers the same way many Americans hostesses do during the holidays — he’s sending them home with their guests.

DIRECTOR OF BOUILLON CHARTIER RESTAURANT, YANN HULIN,

“There’s no real law that was applied, but the government simply encourages restaurant owners to respond favorably to clients who ask to take their leftovers home in a doggy bag.”

But the suggestion brings a howl of protest from some diners.

PARISIAN DINER, MR. AIME,

“It’s not in our culture! It’s not in the French culture, it never has been. How come Americans wear a revolver on their belts and French people don’t?”

But the French government is determined to trim some of the 1-and-a-half million metric tonnes of food they say the country’s restaurants throw away each year.

So French diners may be forced to retrain themselves not to turn up their noses at the doggy bag.