Local authority bans pork-free school meals

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A French town controlled by the far-right National Front has banned pork-free school meals on the grounds that they are “anti-Republican” according to mayor Julien Sanchez (Guardian).

Laure Cordelet, opposition leader in the southern French town, called the policy “an attack on the rights of children” and reflective of “anti-Muslim” and “anti-Jewish” sentiment (Guardian). The Front National mayor has responded by saying he is “not Islamophobic” (AFP).

The change will affect approximately 150 primarily-Muslim school children in the town who rely on school meals, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

In a survey conducted by Le Monde in 2017, 65 percent of French citizens said they believe there are too many foreigners in France. Immigration played a key role in the 2017 presidential election, with FN leader Marine Le Pen reaching the final round.

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