Pearls before brine: French oyster-lover sees double in Christmas discovery

Few French people downing their festive serving of oysters would expect to find a pearl inside the shell. But one market stallholder was confronted with not one but two. Continue reading…

Great mollusc meltdown leaves French all at sea

The jolly voicemail message on Cyril Pain’s mobile phone tells callers that if he doesn’t answer, “I must be out getting a suntan on my boat”. But this is no time for jokes in France’s oyster industry, the largest producer of the fleshy silver molluscs in Europe. Continue reading…