There’s a great scene from Michael Moore’s 2015 documentary Where to Invade Next that focuses on school dinners. He visits a small rural town in France and goes to the “best place to eat in town: the school’s cafeteria.
In France, they consider school lunch to be part of the teaching day. The children spend a full hour, where they learn how to eat in a civilized, relaxed manner and enjoy healthy food. In the film, the children dine on scallops, chicken or lamb skewers, on cous cous, a dessert and even a cheese course (bien sûr!). With this excellent grounding in social eating, it’s little wonder the French have such a healthy attitude to food.