I haven't watched the video but if this is true, I would agree with you: it is ridiculous - but not for the reason you state.
Tomato ketchup does contain some positives from the processed tomatoes, as does butter from its natural saturated fats, within moderation.
It is those vile and disgusting burger joints they should ban (as should every country!) if they are concerned about health. The only health benefits they contain are to the families of funeral directors in the form of increased income...
Maybe bans are not the way to go, but at least they are not claiming ketchup is a vegetable like in Ronald Reagan's day. I do not know I have heard really good things about the food French serve their kids in school, and if you do not live there, how does this effect you?
French fries were invented in the US, and simply given that name because the man who requested the dish wanted the fries to be sliced super thin like potatoes served in France. The funny thing is even though they are banning ketchup in French schools, at least the kind of Europe does not have high fructose corn syrup in it. French kids are taught to eat several course meals for school lunch, and what they eat sounds delicious, unlike the goop they serve many American kids for school lunch. To the credit of California schools they are actually putting more fruits and veggies in school lunches now because when I was a kid they thought a hot dog and ketchup with milk was a complete lunch lol.
I remember the unhealthy foods cafeterias offered when I was in school as well. When I was in middle school in particular, there were these cheese pierogies that were drenched in grease that were served on certain days of the week, but I loved them! For quite a while after middle school, I would look for those same pierogies in grocery stores, which were filled only with cheese, but I could only find ones filled with both cheese and potato. I was pretty disappointed.
But since then the school lunches have probably gotten a bit healthier, as there does seem to be more focus today on healthier eating in schools.
The French take their food very seriously, so I'm actually surprised that ketchup was ever allowed in French school dining rooms in the first place. But surely it is a matter for the French alone to decide what goes on in their schools and what their kids eat?
Also many countries, like France, want to protect and encourage their own culture when it comes to eating and food and don't want to become Americanised. Not everybody sees an ever growing chain of MacDonald's spreading across the world as a good thing