France: Halal store ordered to sell pig and alcohol or face closure
By: Jamie Micklethwaite
Source: The Evening Standard (UK)
A Halal supermarket has been told to start selling pork and alcohol or face closure.
Good Price discount mini-market in a north-west Paris suburb has breached the conditions of its lease by not acting as a general food store, the local housing authority has claimed.
It has argued that members of the local community in Colombes are not being served properly by the shop if there are no pork or alcohol products sold there.
Colombes Mayor Nicole Goueta has visited the store personally and asked the owner to start selling non-halal meats and alcohol, according to her chief of staff, Jérôme Besnard.
Mr Besnard told the Telegraph: “We want a social mix. We don’t want any area that is only Muslim or any area where there are no Muslims.”
The authority argued that the shop was prioritising a certain group within society which breached republican principles.
It is now taking legal action to end the shop’s lease, which was scheduled to run until 2019.
Shop manager Soulemane Yalcin is taking legal action in at attempted to keep his shop, arguing that they catered to the demands of local customers.