La Chaux-de-Fonds: No cappuccino for Alain Berset!


La Chaux-de-FondsNo cappuccino for Alain Berset!

The Friborg Federal Councilor was not recognized in a restaurant in the watchmaking metropolis, around noon. “I’m offering him a dish of the day!” apologizes the keeper.

Federal Councilor Alain Berset was not served.

“A cappuccino, please,” the customer asked. “No question at this time,” replied the boss of the brewery. This scene took place last Saturday in La Chaux-de-Fonds, around 12:30 p.m., in a restaurant located on the Pod, the main avenue of the watchmaking metropolis. With this precision mentioned by the free newspaper “The Ô»: the client was Federal Councilor Alain Berset He was not recognized!

The Federal Councilor slept in La Tchaux with the family from Noirmont (JU), after going to the “Chant du Gros” festival on Friday, where Julien Clerc, Gotthard and Ten Years After performed in particular. Ten years after his election, the Friborg socialist still sits on the Federal Council, at the head of the Federal Department of the Interior (DFI). He was President of the Confederation in 2018.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Alain Berset and his little troop left empty-handed from an establishment that brews its own beer. “Wasn’t it Alain Berset?” customers who were sitting at the bar in front of their plates pointed out to him. “Oh! The dumpling! It seemed to me that this voice was telling me something,” exclaimed restaurateur Pascal Ruedi.

A sauerkraut

That Saturday, there were people at the “Brasserie de la Fontaine”. After advising him of his second establishment, the “Orforte Café”, the proprietor did not run behind the Federal Councillor. But through, he wants to be forgiven: “I’m offering him a dish of the day!” promises Pascal Ruedi, citing a sauerkraut, a cordon-bleu or a leg of lamb.

“At 12:30 p.m., there are people who want to eat, that’s why I can’t serve coffees, but if I had recognized him, I would never have said no: a federal councilor, you can’t refuse …”, says the boss of the “Brasserie de la Fontaine”, who felt uncomfortable, according to his own admission.

No cappuccino around noon, when the brewery is full.

No cappuccino around noon, when the brewery is full.

Alain Berset has not made a cheese of the cafés refused near the Grande Fontaine, in a self-proclaimed place “a must for lovers of beer and taste” where you will be “welcomed by a friendly team”.

With his clan, the Friborg Federal Councilor crossed Avenue Léopold-Robert to go to the “Forum” restaurant, next to the “Espacité” tower, the seat of the municipal authorities, where he met his party comrade Didier Berberat, who sat on the National Council and then on the Council of States from 1995 to 2019.

“Proud” to serve

“Alain did not speak to me about this misadventure”, indicated this parliamentarian to “O”. Boss of the “Forum”, Ismail Kurucu, said he was “proud” to serve a cappuccino to the Federal Councillor.

“Federal Councilor Alain Berset appreciates the Mountains”, assures the journalist from La Chaux-de-Fonnier Giovanni Sammali, editor-in-chief of “O” after having led the municipal communication service. At the “Chant du Gros”, a festival he attended in 2019 and already in 2014, the socialist politician rubbed shoulders with the Jura States Councilor Élisabeth Baume-Schneider.

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