For the French, New Year Means Good Oysters

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Francis Dubourg shucks oysters at his Oyster Shack in Paris.

Francis Dubourg shucks oysters at his Oyster Shack in Paris.

Eleanor Beardsley

France is Europe's top producer and consumer of oysters, the staple of French New Year celebrations. In Paris, restaurants and oyster stands display beautiful platters decorated with lemon wedges, as oysterman open the shellfish in front of customers. And unlike in America, oysters are never rinsed in France, the better to preserve the taste.

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