'Cheese diplomacy' fails as French experts snub North Korea
Published on Apr 23, 2014 5:06 AM
PARIS (AFP) - A French school has turned down the rare chance to train North Koreans in the proud Gallic art of cheese-making.
The head of the Ecole Nationale d'Industrie Latiere, which specialises in the hard mountain cheeses North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is said to favour, told AFP she received a visit from two North Korean officials last month.
The men expressed interest in sending people to the school to train, but Veronique Drouet said a tie-up with the reclusive Stalinist state was "not part of our strategy".
"I imagine they thought they had found a school, and that the had no doubt that it would work out," Drouet told AFP on Tuesday.
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