With nearly 400 million units consumed each year, the French are the biggest snail eaters in the world. In cassolette, in puff pastry, in ravioles or in parsley, the greatest restaurants work with the little gastropod. But today, 90% of the snails we eat come from abroad, mainly from Eastern Europe where they are raised in deplorable conditions, then sent to France under the name "Escargots de Bourgogne". Snails are also very much in demand for their slime, which is exploited at a high price, and which is said to have regenerative virtues.
FRANCE 5 - 52mn
DIRECTOR : Romain BESNAINOU
CAMERA OPERATORS : Stéphane LOPEZ / Arnaud FAURA
EDITOR : Christophe ROQUE