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There can arguably be no greater threat to the French way of life than a lack of butter.French people eat more butter per capita than anyone else in the world – three times more than Americans – yet still have among the lowest obesity levels of developed countries.Google said that internet searches on how to make butter had rocketed 925 percent between September and October.'World has gone mad'Wholesale prices for butter more than tripled over the past year, driven by rising demand in Asia, with Chinese consumers in particular reportedly developing a weakness for flaky, butter-rich croissants.With many French supermarkets refusing to pay higher prices because they tend to fix them annually, butter has gone abroad.'Butter makes us happy'The idea that they could make do with margarine is not something French bakers are prepared to contemplate.Many scientists now say it is "neutral" health-wise – news that Time magazine celebrated with a 2014 cover proclaiming, "Eat butter".
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