Easter in France is celebrated much like in other Christian countries – families gather for big festive meals and offer each other chocolates in the form of eggs, bunnies, fish and bells. It is largely a secular holiday and chocolate is the star of the day. However, unlike in many countries where Easter eggs are available as soon as the preceeding holiday is out of the way (Christmas/Valentine’s Day), in France it’s a much more restrained affair. As I started to think about writing this article just over two weeks before Good Friday there were some chocolate eggs on display in the big supermarkets but bakeries and specialist cake and chocolate shops had no signs at all that the holiday was imminent.
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