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French court rules school lunches may include pork; Muslims alarmed
by Elizabeth Bryant
A French court on Thursday (Aug. 13) upheld a local move to stop offering alternatives to pork in school cafeterias, sparking dismay on the part of Muslim leaders and possibly setting a precedent for municipalities elsewhere in the country.
The court found in favor of the mayor of a town in eastern France who announced in March that students would no longer be guaranteed a nonpork option at lunchtime for the coming school year.
"A first victory for secularity," tweeted the mayor, Gilles Platret of Chalon-sur-Saone, after the court ruling.
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