When Labour's Emily Thornberry sat down and tucked into a multicultural meal while watching Eurovision, she probably didn't anticipate creating a diplomatic nightmare.
But that is exactly what she did and when she posted a snap of her meal on Twitter last weekend, explaining that she had sourced a dish from all the countries in the contest's final, she sparked off a chain of events resulting in a French person accusing her of making a "declaration of war".
It's all a bit of fun really but we can understand why France is annoyed. After all, it has a pretty good reputation for food but what did Thornberry decide represented it best?
A single Babybel cheese.
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1000 fromages diff\u00e9rents en France et ils ont choisi le babybel pour nous repr\u00e9senter, c\u2019est une d\u00e9claration de guerre ???https://twitter.com/EmilyThornberry/status/1525559065883164672\u00a0\u2026— \ud83e\udd68 (@\ud83e\udd68) 1652696885
This is not a method, this is provocation!pic.twitter.com/KsO2q2nUju— FX Coudert (@FX Coudert) 1652628994
Emily is France, one of your closest neighbours, the country of my forefathers, represented here with a single babybel?— Marie Le Conte (@Marie Le Conte) 1652565127
Aside from that, while Thornberry watched Ukraine win the annual contest and England come second, she chowed down on grapes from Spain, a box of Guylian chocolates to represent Belgium and some yoghurt for Iceland. Raspberries were what she decided were quintessentially English and olives represented Greece.
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