Halal, the meat of discord in Marine le Pen’s party

10 Feb

Secularism diet by Marine le Pen:  halal meat off the menu.  Yet, the biggest provider of the halal poultry in Pas-de-Calais, northern region of France, is one National Front regional councillor.

In the beginning of 2010, Marine le Pen gave up on hamburgers. At least on those made in Quick, the fast-food chain that decided to serve only Halal meat hamburgers in some of their outlets.

The president of the far-right party Front National declared that it was “the discrimination of all non-Muslim customers (…) that the “halalburgers” amounted to an “Islamic tax” on French consumers”.

In 2011 the journalist Jean-Baptiste Malet publishes the book Derriere des lignes du Front (Behind the Front lines), the result of six month reporting within the National front party. Investigating behind the Front lines, he found the biggest provider of halal poultry in the region.

The 75 years old  Paul Lamoitier, National front regional councillor,  sells some thirty tons of halal meat to the regional butchers although for his party animals slaughtered in the name of Allah, using halal methods, aren’t welcome on the supermarket shelves and on the restaurant tables.

Marine le Pen’s cabinet chief claimed that “he doesn’t see the connection between the Paul Lamoitier’s situation and the Quick halal affair”.  Still, in her campaign proposal, Le Pen clearly positions herself against the “religious communitarianism.”  Should Paul Lamoitier look for another job or another political party?

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