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Georgia Congressman loses French food battle

April 15, 2003

Valdosta - The Pentagon will continue to buy food for the Marines from the French. A Georgia congressman lost in his effort to cancel the French contract.

First District Congressman Jack Kingston asked the Pentagon to cancel its food services contract with Sodexho Alliance, a French company that supplies food to U.S. marines. New York Senator Charles Schumer lobbied Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to honor the food contract. Monday, the Pentagon announced the agreement would continue.

"They make about a 200 million dollar profit on it, and I believe American's should be supplying that food and making that profit," said Kingston.

The United States signed the 881 million dollar contract with Sodexho two years ago. Sodexho employees 110,000 people in the U.S.

posted at 11:45 by ashley.harper@walb.com