First time visitors to France are often surprised to see such a large part of a supermarché aisle dedicated to biscottes (twice baked bread, or rusks) when there is so much lovely bread one could have for breakfast, but it is what it is.
One reason might be that many people live in rural areas, unable to get to a boulangerie very often; another reason is that biscottes come in healthy varieties (sans sel—without salt, sans sucre, without sugar, etc). Or maybe folks just like them.
Biscotins d’Aix made in Aix-en-Provence are buttery biscuit balls flavoured with orange blossom, with a grilled hazelnut inside.
Images by Jean Weber , leonard-parli