The Mayor of Chevigny-Saint Sauveur has announced that he will ban alternative school lunch menus that exclude pork, to promote secularism. Mayor Michel Rotger is a French conservative who is saying ‘NO’ to accommodating Islamic tyranny, insisting secular values be upheld in public schools in Chevigny- Saint Sauveur.
Mayor Michel Rotger, a member of the conservative Republican party, said the move would promote secularism but would also save the local government money saying ‘alternative menus’ led to too much waste, L’Express reports.
“We are putting an operation in place so the children eat everything and their diets are balanced. There is too much waste so we will teach them to eat meat, be it poultry or pork,” Rotger said.
Parents of children who attend schools in the town, which boasts a population of around 10,000, were informed of the mayor’s proposal in a letter. The letter said the pork menu would promote the “ideas of secularism” and that only those with medical allergies would be able to opt out.”
Critics of the Mayor’s reforms, such as Paul Garrigue (president of a group of associations which includes Amnesty International and the League of Human Rights) says that, “Today, we are talking about secularism in a generally anti-Muslim way,” he continues, “We see secularism as a tool of tolerance and living together and not exclusion.”
Mayor Rotger says that he is only defending the recommendations of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), who rejected the idea of “denominational menus” in French public schools in 2015.
The parliamentary leader of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, Daniel Günther said, “The protection of minorities – including for religious reasons – must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by a false sense of consideration.”