With this shortbread biscuit flavoured with orange water, Valence remembers the Swiss Guards who protected Pius VI after Napoleon’s army occupied the Papal States and took the elderly pope prisoner, first in Bologna and then in Briançon, Grenoble and Valence, where he died in 1799. When the Concordat was signed between the Vatican and the French State, the Pope’s body was taken to the Vatican in state, but his heart and entrails lie in Valence’s cathedral.
Suisses are baked especially for Palm Sunday. Also known as a pantin.
Petit-Suisse, however isn’t a little Swiss Guard, but instead a sweetened fromage frais that children like.
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