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French judge bars pork soup for needy after all January 9, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, France, French, Jews, Muslims.

FRANCE’S highest administrative court has confirmed a police decision banning an organisation with far-right links from offering pork soup to the homeless.

Police had banned the soup kitchen last month, arguing the handouts discriminated against Jews and Muslims who do not eat pork on religious grounds. But the ban was overturned by an administrative court earlier this week.

The French Interior Ministry had appealed against that court ruling to the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court.

The Council confirmed the police ban in a decision published late on Friday, saying it did not constitute an attack on freedom of expression.

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe welcomed the decision.

“This decision clearly establishes the discriminatory dimension of such an operation, from which people of Jewish or Muslim faith are de facto excluded,” he said.

The food handouts are organised by a nationalist group called Solidarity of the French (SDF). It says its “pig soup”, which uses pork fat for stock, is country fare much loved by French traditionalists.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: News.com.au

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