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Halal slaughter becomes political issue in France
by Tom Heneghan
A TV documentary's revelation that slaughterhouses around Paris have switched meat production entirely to halal methods has stirred a political storm in France, where attitudes to Europe's largest Muslim minority are a subtext in a presidential election campaign.
The France 2 documentary last week said all of the abattoirs in the greater Paris region were producing only halal-style meat, selling some without labelling it as such to avoid the cost of running separate lines for halal and non-halal customers.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen - who is hoping to win voters away from center-right President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the two-round election in April and May - has seized on the issue.
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