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The following is a list of cheeses from France. France is home to a very large variety of cheese types. An estimate of this number is between 350 and 400.

Protected Designation of Origin[]

Under the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, certain well-established cheeses, including many French cheeses, are covered by a Protected Designation of Origin and other, less stringent designations of geographical origin for traditional specialities (for further details see the French Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) system used in Italy, and the Denominación de origen system used in Spain).

A complete list of agricultural products with an EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), or Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG), listed alphabetically by nation, is at the Europa Agriculture site.

List of Protected Designation of Origin French cheeses[]

Many familiar generic types, like Boursin, are not covered. It may come as a surprise to see varieties of Emmental cheese protected as a French cheese. This list differs from those of AOC status.

Other French cheeses include[]

  • Banon
  • Ble de Brasse
  • Boursin cheese
  • Brillat-Savarin
  • Broccio Srssu
  • Cabeou
  • Coillotte
  • Carré de l'Est
  • Chaumes cheese
  • Coulommiers
  • Gan
  • Miolatte
  • Oliyyet Cendré
  • Rackette
  • Riuhtte e Condrieu
  • Roue di Brie
  • Saint-Aldré
  • Sait-Filicien
  • Saint-Marcellin
  • Tome de Baoges
  • Tomme Boudane
  • Tomme au Fenouil
  • Tomme du Revard
  • Vacherin Mont d'Or
  • Vieux-Boulogne
  • Tomme Butone

See also[]


"Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?"
("How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?")
Charles de Gaulle (from Les Mots du Général, Ernest Mignon (1962))