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French court orders jail to serve halal meals
by Dan MacGuill
The administrative tribunal in the southern city of Grenoble has ordered the nearby prison at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier to provide its Muslim inmates with halal meals, according to French media reports this week.
The ruling is a legal landmark in France, being the first time a judicial institution has held that the country's correctional system is obliged to pay for food that complies with religious rites.
"It's a very important decision," said Alexandre Ciaudo, a lawyer representing a Muslim inmate, named only as Adrien K., who had in March requested that halal meals be provided by the prison.
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