One guilty pleasure (which may destroy my French cheese credibility) is always available in Paris convenience stores. You won’t need to go into a cheese shop to find Chausse aux Moines.
“Carriageway (or Roadway) of the Monks” Cheese Wikipedia Translation
Life in France: One Stinky Cheese at a Time A Year in Cheese (Kazz Regelman)
A mass produced commercial (“industrial”) cheese, manufactured by a large company with a complete advertising campaign.
This semi soft wheel of cheese, curiously like a springy hockey puck is never over ripe, with a pleasant chewy quality and a delicious rind.
Some might look forward to their first taste of European butter on a baguette when arriving in Paris. For me, it’s Chausse aux Moines on a baguette, slathered with strong Dijon style mustard.
Cheese Snobs will dismiss me, but for an American, Chaussée aux Moines is superior to Kraft, Cracker Barrel or the supermarket’s generic cheeses. When my traveling companion ate it, she described it as stinky.
Then we move on to the other more authentic French cheeses