France has banned ketchup from school and college cafeterias, except for when it’s on French fries.

The ban went into effect this week, and was done to preserve Gallic cuisine and improve students’ diets. In addition, French children are not allowed to bring ketchup to school in lunches brought from home. No word on what would happen if they just so happened to find some at a store and bring it to school.

We’re all about eating healthy, but this seems just a little extreme. It’s a bit over the top to tell the kids what condiments they can’t use or bring to school. Especially when there’s such a trivial exception involved.

[via Gawker]