You don’t screw with the croissant supply.
On April 16, 1838 a French Fleet began the blockade of Mexico’s east coast seaports, launching a war. It was based on a claim that since Mexico had first gained its independence, various French citizens living there, had lost both lives and property due to actions by Mexicans. In one such incident, a restaurant owned by one Monsieur Remontel either in Puebla or in Tacubaya - reports of its location vary - had suffered an assault on its supply of pastry valued at 60,000 pesos. He pointed a finger at some inebriated Mexican officials as the criminals. The ambiguity of the restaurant’s location plus the size of the claim seem to cast doubt on the validity of all the French demands. However, this particular one caught the eyes of French Journalists who immediately made this incident a cause celebre and dubbed the event “The Pastry War.”