Apr 4 2014
“Eat pork or bring your own lunch,” advises Marine Le Pen’s Front National Party as she orders school cafeterias to stop offering religiously-based alternatives just for Muslims
FRONT NATIONAL leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering non-pork alternatives to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France’s secular values.
UK Daily Mail (h/t James) France’s republic has a strict secular tradition enforceable by law, but faith-related demands have risen in recent years, especially from the country’s five-million-strong Muslim minority, the largest in Europe.
‘We will not accept any religious demands in school menus,’ Le Pen told RTL radio. ‘There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that’s the law.’ Pork is forbidden under Muslim and Jewish dietary laws. (But ONLY Muslims make a stink about it, Jews just bring their own alternative to school)
In the eastern town of Hayanges FN mayor Fabien Engelmann has also proposed a ‘Pork Fest’ to liven up the town centre, a plan he insists is not designed to offend Muslims but which will do little to alleviate high local unemployment.
The anti-(Muslim)immigrant National Front has consistently bemoaned the rising influence of Islam in French pubic life. France has seen periodic controversies over schools that substitute beef or chicken for pork from menus to cater to Muslim children.