Tuesday, August 29, 2017

French Court Says School Must Offer Muslim Children An Alternative To Pork At Lunch

According to The Guardian yesterday, in France a trial court judge has told local officials that they must re-institute a policy of offering an alternative to pork meals for school lunches. A court in Dijon told officials in Chalon-sur-Saône that a refusal to offer an alternative for Muslim children is not "in keeping with the spirit of the international convention on the rights of children" nor "in the interests of the children." The the mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône, a member of the right wing Les Républicains party, argued that by requiring all children to eat together, the city was upholding the French Republic’s principle of laïcité  (secularism). The city plans an appeal.