république de la malbouffe

république de la malbouffe

Synopsis

 

In April 2009, Nicolas Sarkozy decides to cut the rate of VAT (value-added tax) 
for restaurants from 19.6% to 5.5%. This measure, at first sight an economic technicality, turns out to be a purely political gesture and symptomatic of a form of governance: no consultation, intensive use of the media, and a total submission to lobby-group pressure.A great magician – the French president – does a vanishing trick on three billion euros from the state coffers without any serious study or parliamentary debate on an important sector of the French economy. And all this in a period when public borrowing has reached its depths. Simplistic reasoning, lies by omission, no breadth of vision, no long-term analysis: a dangerous drift is at work, with public relations stunts facilitating a sense of public amnesia.   This decision has now been put into question by an ordinary citizen and entrepreneur whose exceptional success as a restaurateur gives his campaign a particular legitimacy. His name is Xavier Denamur, and he has set himself the singular task of challenging one of the key decisions of the Sarkozy administration. This film is the story of his fight to get the restaurant industry to rediscover its nutritional common sense, combining organic links to the countryside with a new awareness of the public health issues at stake. A fight that also brings the opportunity to put into question the state of the French Republic.