The French tradition of a large midday meal followed by a light supper has evolved over the past few years. As you learned previously, the French historically returned home from school or work at midday for a long, hot meal. Many tend nowadays to stay at work or school, returning home only in the evening. This phenomenon is referred to as la journée continue.
Regardless of this change, you still will see in this scene from the film reflections of the French way of life. Rather than a simple sandwich, the cafeteria offers a main hot meal, le plat principal, and serves wine with lunch. In general, the French midday meal consists of a salad, a main meal accompanied by a vegetable, a dessert, and a drink.
In your opinion, how have American eating habits changed over the past 20 years? What is the latest American dietary fad?