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Eugénie, Marie Ignace Augustine de Montijo, Empress of France

(1826-1920) the Spanish wife of Napoleon 111, who as well as encouraging court extravagances, popularised Spanish tomato dishes in central and northern France in the 1850"s.

Previously they"d only been accepted around the Mediterranean and the Iberian peninsula.

Dishes including tomatoes are called "Provençale" or "Portugaise" to this day.

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