Protesting in France is a hungry business, and when the country’s angry citizens put down their placards, they seek out sustenance.
Not for classic French cuisine though. Above all else, demonstrators demand spicy hotdog sausages.
Beef and lamb merguez sausages, spiced with cumin, chile or harissa to recipes imported from North Africa, are the food of the streets in France – and not just in the recent protests against pension age reform that have spread through the country.
There was merguez in May 1968 when student uprisings whetted appetites for revolution and there was merguez in ’95, when furious crowds tore apart plans for welfare reform.