Friday, February 19, 2010


A fast-food chain in France changed the menus at eight of its 355 branches to halal only. The result is a storm in a demitasse. And, of course, a lesson in the absurdity of the ethnic debate in Europe.

A French council has lodged a complaint against a fast food chain that serves only meat that conforms with Islamic dietary laws at a local branch. The mayor of Roubaix, in northern France, said the halal menu constituted "discrimination" against non-Muslims. The Roubaix branch is one of several restaurants at which the chain, Quick, took non-halal products and pork off the menu in November.

This constitutes discrimination? Are the poor citoyens of Roubaix being FORCED to eat halal food? Is there a legal requirement that they should regularly fress at that restaurant? Is it not entirely a matter of their choice whether or not they consume products from a fast food chain?

"I'm not bothered by the fact that there is a halal menu. But this is going too far because it is the only menu on offer and it has become discrimination."
[Mr. Rene Vandierendonck, major of Roubaix.]

Quick decided to take a bacon hamburger off the menu at eight of its 350 branches, replacing it with a halal version that comes with smoked turkey.
It said the move was designed to test the "commercial interest and technical feasibility" of introducing halal menus.



Several deputies from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party have condemned the move, while Marine Le Pen, a vice-president of the far-right National Front, warned of "Islamisation".

Ils sont fous, les Français!

Mon frikkin' dieu, as they say. Is that what gets the French upset? Muslims eating hamburgers? That is a sign of Islamization?
Dudes, fast-food franchises and hamburgers are American inventions. That they are eating there, whatever they consume, is a sign of creeping Americanization.

Perhaps the French objectors to halal should start their own pork-only fast-food chain. And bonne chance to them.

By the way, monsieur Vandierendonck, shouldn't you be worried about some other foreign culture taking over your town?
Like, for instance, the French?

Les profiteurs

Both your own surname (Vandierendonck) and the name of your town (formerly Robaeys) are of Dutch derivation. Your town, mijnheer Vandierendonck, properly belongs with Flanders. It was stolen by the French in 1677.
Why are you collaborating with that bunch of Gallic interlopers and carpetbaggers?

Do you really prefer the thieving imperialists over honest immigrants? Even when they are going native, as is shown by eating at the local fast-food restaurant?

It seems to me that you are far too Frenchified and Francophilic, my profiteering friend.

A bas la France, vive la Flandre.
Wat Wals is, vals is; slaat al dood.


Spiros said...

Tempest in a demi-tasse, indeed.

Graham yet again... said...

Vive les Vlaamse Vaarkens - mais pas en bloc?
a bas avec tous le PC gourmands fronsays

pour moi?: veggieburger - medium fries, ketchup & coke pleez



Did anyone say kosher?

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