With their beloved baguette already available 24 hours a day, it seems only logical that Parisians can now get the Bayonne ham and Basque pate that goes so well with the bread from the first meat vending machine installed in the French capital.
In a city filled with small shops where long lunches remain a crucial part of the French “art de vivre,” the gleaming red machine set up on the lively Rue de Charonne in eastern Paris seems a bit incongruous.
The area has at least two dozen butcher’s shops and no shortage of meat, but that didn’t deter the owners of one of those shops, Florence and Michel Pouzol of “L’ami Txulette,” from investing 40,000 euros ($45,000) to set up their project, selling vacuum-packed meat from the refrigerated machine.
“We’re closed two days: Sundays and Mondays,” Florence Pouzol told The Associated Press. “So this is to cater for customers over the weekend. … The idea was also to serve people after the shop’s closing hours. We close at 8 p.m. but some people leave work very late and find the shop closed when they walk past it.”