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French School to Muslims and Jews: Let Them Eat Pork!

By: JTA

A French public school has stopped offering alternatives to pork in its cafeteria for its Jewish and Muslim pupils, and official said their solution is to be vegetarians.

The alternative meats were removed last week to lower the overhead of running the cafeteria of the elementary school of Arveyres, a small town near Bordeaux in southern France, according to the local radio station France Bleu Gironde.

Like many other French municipalities, Arveyres public schools began offering alternative meats to Jewish and Muslim pupils in the 1990s.

The school’s management said that out of a total of 180 pupils, 28 do not eat pork. The school said the students who don’t eat pork may switch to a vegetarian menu. “They have enough things to eat at the cafeteria, including proteins,” the school management is quoted as telling the radio station.

Southern France is home to France’s second largest Jewish community, as well as hundreds of thousands of French Muslims.

Laëtitia Rekaïka, the mother of one of the 28 children who do not eat pork, told Radio Monte-Carlo: “I don’t understand the decision: We’re not asking for halal or kosher meat; we only want a protein-based substitute.”

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6 Responses to “French School to Muslims and Jews: Let Them Eat Pork!”

  1. Ken Figa says:

    jerks…Time to start bringing lunch from home.

  2. My kids never had alternatives in school. If it was a problem they sent the Jesus patrol to help them eat pork. So they took lunch or did without when they suddenly changed the menu. The French will eat any damned thing, probably each other.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Given that the French government generously funds Jewish schools, we should not complain if they aren't offering alternative food in the non-Jewish schools.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Given that the French government generously funds Jewish schools, we should not complain if they aren't offering alternative food in the non-Jewish schools.

  5. I heard a French sociologist lecture about the role of pork in French society. On the face of the issue, from our perspective, it seems weird, but apparently pork holds a near mystical place in French culture. My own experience speaking with French Jews about their place in French society leads me to suspect that this is a serious part of the barrier they feel between themselves and full acceptance.

  6. I have to agree with the french on this one, it is not the job of the school to ensure your religious dietary needs are met.

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