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Where did you hear that? The mayor of Roquefort?

No. A paper by Dr Ivan Petyaev and Dr Yuriy Bashmakov of the Cambridge-based biotech company Lycotec.

What have they discovered?

Special anti-inflammatory properties develop in roquefort as it ripens in caves. They say this may explain the so-called “French paradox”.

At last! Erm… remind me what that is again?

A low rate of cardiovascular disease, despite a diet high in saturated fat.

Isn’t that down to red wine?

True: red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol. But recent studies have shown that this alone can’t explain why the French typically live three years longer than the Brits.

Vivez le roquefort et le vin rouge!

In moderation…

Can I spark up a Gitanes, too?

I’d focus on the Gallic predilections for fresh market produce, walking and cycling if I were you.