French town bans pork-free school meals in move branded ‘anti-Muslim’

Source: The Guardian

Decision by far-right local authority in southern France, affecting about 150 mainly Muslim pupils, has been called ‘an attack on the rights of children’

In a newspaper article announcing the policy change, the National Front mayor of Beaucaire said pork-free meals were ‘anti-Republican’.
 In a newspaper article announcing the policy change, the National Front mayor of Beaucaire said pork-free meals were ‘anti-Republican’. Photograph: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

A far-right local authority in southern France on Monday scrapped pork-free school meals, a move branded “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Jewish” by an equality minister.

Julien Sanchez, the National Front mayor of Beaucaire, a town south of Avignon, abolished the scheme, brought in by his predecessor, on the first day of the new school term.

The step affects about 150 – mainly Muslim – pupils who take the “substitution meals” out of 600 local students in total.

Marlene Schiappa, the minister for sexual equality told BFM TV the decision was “a typical example of someone brandishing secularism as an anti-Muslim political weapon, or anti-Jewish for that matter”.

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