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Shortage of butter chills France's patisserie-loving soul

Supermarket shelves have been emptied of the golden ambrosia, while worried bakers fear a "croissant crisis" as prices spiral

Global demand for butter is outstripping supply, according to the US Department of Agriculture, as consumers turn away from vegetable-oil based products in search of something "safer", Butter's image as a cholesterol-choked dietary bad guy has changed in recent years.


THERE can arguably be no greater threat to the French way of life than a lack of butter.

For months France has been gripped by a slow-burning panic that it is running out of the golden ambrosia, which is the base of croissants and pains au chocolat as well as the whole mouth-

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