‘Eat pork or go hungry’: France’s National Front leader tells school canteens to stop offering religious alternatives to Muslim children



Far-right National Front 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.
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 Jewish and Muslim dietary laws.

极右翼国民阵线领导人勒庞上周五表示,国民阵线将会阻止学校向穆斯林学生提供“清真餐”(指不含猪肉的食品)。 勒庞说为伊斯兰学生提供没有猪肉的食品,违反了法国的世俗价值。
法兰西共和国有严格的世俗传统,法律必须强制执行,但近年来,关于信仰相关的冲突有上升。特别是法国拥有着大约500 万的穆斯林少数族群,是欧洲拥有最多穆斯林的国家。
‘我们不会接受对于学校菜单的任何宗教要求’,勒庞告诉 RTL 电台。对宗教企图影响公共领域是没有理由,这就是法律。

The mayor of Arveyres, Benoit Gheysens told AFP the move was being taken because of the cost of providing alternative meals, many of which went to waste.
‘Often children who did not take the substitute dinner complained as well and left the pork. It distressed the staff to see how much food was wasted,’ Gheysens said.


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.

在法国的东部城镇艾昂格,隶属于国民阵线的市长恩格尔曼(Fabien Engelmann),甚至提出在市中心举行「猪肉节」的畅议,以令镇中心变得更有生气,他强调此举并非冒犯伊斯兰,只是希望藉此减少当地的失业情况。

France has seen periodic controversies over schools that substitute beef or chicken for pork from menus to cater to Muslim children.
Some of the FN’s new mayors have complained there are too many halal shops in their towns.
The party won control of 11 town halls and a large district in the port city of Marseille in municipal elections on Sunday, more than double its record from the 1990s.
Le Pen hailed the victory as showing the party had finally established itself as France’s third political force behind ruling Socialists and mainstream conservatives, and predicts a strong showing in May’s European Parliament elections.



Good for her, we can’t get alcohol in certain Muslim countries. She has more balls than our lot here. Wish she would emigrate to the UK.


Mike, Kirkbymoorside, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
I support UKIP wholeheartedly, but I’m not happy about Le Pen. Why be gratuitously insulting to people of different religious faiths. Are we going to force vegitarian kids to eat pork? Is this the most vital policy that her party has in their portfolio. If so it will cause HUGE divisions within France and make those divisions greater.


jenjen92, Manchester,England, 11 hours ago
As much as you should respect people’s religious beliefs you also should respect the beliefs of the country that you live in. European countries that have a high immigration rate are in danger of losing their identity because they have to be so politically correct. I support multiculturalism whole heartedly but when are we going to stand up for our beliefs and what makes a country ours? People are so afraid of being racist that they’re scared to stand up for their own beliefs and values. Equality and respect is a good thing but where do we draw the line?


Sebastien Oplo, Hackney, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
One world One people

一个世界 一个人

James expat, Perth, 11 hours ago
Message to David Cameron don’t dare to consider following France on this. The EU will likely slap you down hard( with a wet lettuce leaf).


saraa, manchester, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
The only pigs I see is all you commentors saying all these bad things to muslims then running to indian, pakistani , arabic or Bangladish so called muslim restaurants and eating our food with your trotters and then comming home and reading the daily mail online and spreading your hate……………


Bob, Bournemouth, 11 hours ago


unknown, somewhere, France, 11 hours ago
You shouldn’t praise this woman. She’s an extremist. During the last presidential election, a part of her program was to hold a referendum about the death penalty…Just saying


Heliflyer, Greensboro NC, 11 hours ago
Great! It’s not the world’s duty to cater to islam, nor is it the world’s duty or right to harass them.


legoman, Grimsby, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
will they be supplying vegetarian meals? or would vegetarians also either eat from the set menu or go without?


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