A newly elected conservative mayor in a town in southern France has vowed that no municipally-run cafeterias will serve halal meals, adding fuel to a growing controversy in the wake of the National Front’s unprecedented success in last month’s local elections.
The Local (h/t Maria J) One of the new mayors who swept into power two weeks ago after historic local elections has wasted no time in stoking controversy by stating that no halal meals will be served in municipal cafeterias in his town of Béziers.
The mayor Robert Ménard, whose campaign was backed by Marine Le Pen and her National Front party told RTL radio any town establishments that serve halal will cease to do so immediately.
“You must always give people the choice to avoid eating foods that they don’t want to or cannot eat due to their religious convictions. That said, there will be no halal meals in municipal cafeterias,” Ménard said.
RTL noted that there is no official data available on which schools in Beziers, if any, serve halal meat to students who dine in the cafeterias.
Ménard’s comments come just days after National Front party leader Marine Le Pen told RTL radio the nearly dozen French cities captured by her party would not allow “religious requirements” to dictate the composition of school lunches.
Le Pen told a French radio station that in towns won by the party’s candidates school cafeterias will no longer serve non-pork substitution meals, which generally go to Muslim children.
School meals is the first issue the National Front has flexed its newly strengthened political muscles on since winning a record number of town council seats and mayorships in March’s local elections. eat-pork-or-bring-your-own-lunch-advises-marine-le-pens-front-national-party-as-she-orders-school-cafeterias-to-stop-offering-religiously-based-alternatives-just-for-muslims