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03/19/03 - East Texas

E. Texans Say Avoir to French Goods

   We've all heard stories of people boycotting products from countries that oppose going to war with Iraq, and now East Texans are joining in.

   With two loved ones stationed in Saudi Arabia, the Ahlgrimm family is making sure certain foods stay out of their grocery cart. Even though they love Yoplait Yogurt, the French made dairy product will no longer grace their cabinets.

   Under the Ahlgrimm's new shopping standards, they're also giving up beauty products like Lancome, L'Oreal and Christian Dior. Chanel also makes the no-French zone shopping list.

   "There were several things on the list that surprised me," says Mary Ahlgrimm.

   Mary's granddaughter Jamie is even more passionate about the issue. The family went online to figure out what products came from France. "If it takes boycotting, we will because my Dad is over there in Saudi Arabia," added Jamie.

   As shoppers say avoir to French chic, American basics are stepping back in the picture.

   "I've got some Coke, Ozarka and some New England Clam Chowder," says Target shopper Omer Adams. "I like French wines and have several bottles at our house, but I probably will not buy anymore."

   "We've bailed these countries out," says Halberta Leifheit of Frankston. "We've gone to war and we've helped them become more economically stable, and because its not threatening them they're not going to do anything."

   But not everybody is on the same side of the issue.

   "I think it's silly," says Melissa Lawson of Chapel Hill. "I don't really think there's a point in it. I don't think boycotting will make a difference."

   Kerri Panchuk, reporting.

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