SocGen boss de-neighs French food stereotypes at City lunch

FRANCE may be known for its equine culinary culture, but the growing horse meat scandal seems to have put some of our next door neigh-bours on the back hoof.

SocGen’s chief executive and chairman Frédéric Oudéa was feeling the pressure as he hosted a lunch last Friday, going on the defensive about his native land’s eating habits.

“It is only a small minority who eat horse in France – I myself do not,” he told his hungry assembled guests in a smart suite on the top floor of the bank’s Tower Hill office.

But just in case anyone feared cross contamination, Oudéa put on a safe spread of fish and pork for les rosbifs attending his business lunch.