‘You eat or you go’ Muslims furious as mayor scraps pork-free option on school dinner menu

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

MUSLIMS have been left furious after a French mayor announced Islamic children will no longer be offered a pork-free option at lunch in a cash-strapped school.

Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Marcel Berthomé, the centrist mayor of Saint-Seurin, a town in western France, said Muslims would have to make do with a side dish on pork days because the “struggling” school could no longer afford to offer children a non-pork alternative.

But Mr Berhomé’s decision to scrap pork-free meals from the menu has caused consternation among Muslim parents, who claim their children are being discriminated against because of their faith.

Sonia, a mother whose five-year-old son does not eat pork, said the mayor had launched a scathing attack on the local Muslim community.

She told the French daily France Bleu: “The mayor took this decision alone. We, as parents, were not consulted.

“I am a Muslim, yes, but I am also a citizen. We’re no different than anyone else.

“We pay local taxes and we pay for our children’s school meals. It should not be up to the mayor to decide what’s in my child’s plate.

“He’s basically saying: ‘You eat or you go’.

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