Round, soft or firm, and always made from raw milk, this is the most popular of French soft cheeses. A national monument and the pride of local farmers since the 17th century, the product is now known by its own appellation contrôlée, "Camembert de Normandie". It is even said that a refractory priest revealed the secrets of Brie cheese-making to a Camembert resident. He wanted to thank her for helping him escape the Republicans. No hard feelings, Abbé !