France's Le Pen: ban non-pork meals in schools

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  1. amoy

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    France's Le Pen: ban non-pork meals in schools - Telegraph
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    School canteens will no longer offer non-pork meal options in towns where France's anti-immigration far-right Front National (FN) party won local elections, its leader Marine Le Pen has said.

    Mrs Le Pen reignited debate on a sensitive issue about the substitution meals targeting mainly Muslim and Jewish pupils for whom pork is taboo.

    "We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus," Mrs Le Pen told RTL radio. "There is no reason for religion to enter into the public sphere."

    She defended the decision saying it was necessary to "save secularism".

    The FN, skilfully rebranded as more than just an anti-immigrant party, won control of 11 towns and more than 1,400 municipal seats nationwide in recent local elections, easily its best ever performance at the grassroots level of French government.

    Many Muslims view France, which is officially a secular republic despite being overwhelmingly Catholic, as imposing its values on them and other religious minorities.

    France has one of the biggest Muslim populations in Europe.

    The issue of halal meat is also a controversial topic in France and has been used as a political football.

    Mrs Le Pen had launched a fierce row before the last presidential polls in 2012 by claiming that all meat distributed in the Paris region was halal, or slaughtered according to Islamic law, and that non-Muslim consumers were being misled.

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    Why shall any religion meddle with people's diet?
     
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    Forgetting pork, what about vegetarians?
    Does France have a big muslim population?
     
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    Europeans are very wise and cunning. I would love to see the western media cry human rights and shit now. Bet they wont:lol:
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    Though, I agree with her that religion has no place in school menus, I wonder how this will turn out. :)
    France doesn't allow census to collect info on race or religion, so there is no definitive estimate of no. of Muslims. But most sources say between 5- 10 % and closer to 10%. That percentage should be good enough for some fun :)
     
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    From wiki - Estimates of the number of Muslims in France vary widely. In 2003, the French Ministry of the Interior estimated the total number of people of Muslim background to be between 5 and 6 million (8–10%).

    France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Many websites claim Muslims form 70% of the prison population in France, if true, I don't think the ban will work in French prisons!
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    Jehaaaad!!!!!:lol:
     
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    TrueSpirit1 The Nobody Banned

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    Wise move. This should contain the flood of unwanted immigrants there.

    On a separate note, non-meat food is extremely rare in France even today, i.e. except cheese & salad. It was nothing less than a nightmare. Vegan cuisine is yet to catch up.
     
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    Pork is tastier option... I felt it very similar in taste with Mutton... But people should be allowed to make their choise on what they want to eat... It is basic to Individual freedom... But the West can only lesson others, can never follow...
     

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