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‘It’s pork or nothing’, French Mayor Tells Muslim Pupils

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The good ol’ secular principles of tolerance at work again in France.

‘It’s pork or nothing’, French mayor tells pupils

Published: 10 Dec 2014 09:18 GMT+01:00

Another week in France and another row has broken out surrounding secularism or laïcité as it’s is called.

After town halls were told to remove nativity scenes because they were against the principle of “laicïté” one mayor in the south of France has used the same argument to justify “a pork or nothing” policy in his school.

From January 1st pupils in the little town of Sargé-lès-Le Mans in the Sarthe department of north-western France will not be offered a substitute meal if they don’t eat pork.

This will affect the 15 Muslim pupils in the school who cannot eat pork because it against the dietary rules of their religion. Eating pork is also against the rules of the Jewish religion but it is not believed there are any Jewish pupils at the school.

Mayor Marcel Mortreau says his decision is based on the “principle of Republican neutrality”.

“The mayor is not required to provide meals that respond to religious requirements. This is the principle of secularism,” Mortreau told Europe1 radio.

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