North Korea has asked a top French cheese-making school to take on three apparatchiks so they can satisfy the tastes of leader Kim Jong-un, but the school declined.
The North Korean ambassador in Paris made an inquiry with the École nationale d'Industrie laitière, a national school for the dairy industry, in Mamirolle near Besancon on the French-Swiss border early last month.
They were interested in taking a course on making Emmental cheese.
However, the school was unable to help as all places were full, according to AFP.
The motivation was to satisfy the expensive tastes of the North Korean leader, who went to boarding school in Switzerland, AFP added.
Kim is "unhappy with the quality of the cheese produced in North Korea," the Independent reported.