French butter crisis raises a laugh

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While France's agriculture minister attempted to reassure the public that depleting butter stocks and rising pastry prices, caused by lower milk production and increased demand, could soon be ended by retaileers and suppliers agreeing to a price readjustment, one man from butter-producing heartland Brittany has put his buttered baguette up for auction online.

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A cheeky Breton has given a humorous twist to France's serious butter shortage with an online ad offering to sell his "tartine" - a sliced baguette smeared with butter, reports The Telegraph.