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As part of the backlash against Russia’s unprovoked attack on its neighbor Ukraine, the world has shown its disgust, sometimes in interesting ways, leading to threats being made to a French restaurant.
La Maison de la Poutine, with restaurants in Paris and Toulouse, has stated that it received “calls of insults and even threats” because of its name, which sounds somewhat similar to the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin has become increasingly reviled around the world for launching an unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the largest act of aggression in Europe since World War II. The heaviest sanctions in history have been levied against Russia, making it even more of an economic pariah than North Korea.
Poutine, however, has nothing whatsoever to do with Putin, as the restaurant stated on social media (in French), clarifying that it “is not linked to the Russian regime and its leader,” Fox News reported.
“Our dish was born in Quebec in the 1950s, and the stories to tell its origin are numerous. But one thing is certain: the poutine was created by passionate cooks who wanted to bring joy and comfort to their customers,” the statement reads, according to Fox.
In addition, Poutine wants no truck with Putin, the statement made clear:
“[The restaurant offers] its most sincere support to the Ukrainian people who fight courageously for their freedom, against the tyrannical Russian regime.”
The restaurant isn’t alone in grappling with the dish’s name. A restaurant in Drummondville, Quebec, Le Roy Jucep, removed the “poutine” from the name of its dish, as a gesture intended to be both amusing and to show support for Ukraine’s struggle against Putin. The diner, which claims to be the original source of the dish, had posted the decision on Facebook, only to remove it after it received harassment via phone and angry replies on the social media post, according to Montreal CTV News.
However, plenty of people supported the French-Canadian diner, and it commented on the positive feedback on Facebook:
“Very touching to learn that our tiny message of support has been sent from Drummondville all the way to Ukraine! If we could make someone smile there, that’s already a win! We are with you from the bottom of our hearts.”
While not everyone is up in arms over the name of a dish composed of fries, cheese, and gravy, the gestures come amidst a much larger backlash. While various western governments have levied harsh sanctions on Russia in general as well as Putin and his inner cabal specifically, private companies have bowed to public pressure and begun pulling their operations out of Russia as well.
Regardless of sanctions or the understandable anger over Russia’s ruthless assault on its neighbor, there does not appear to be any connection between French-Canadian dishes and the Russian leader at time of writing.
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