Row after French metropolis takes meat off menu for schoolchildren

The mayor of Lyon has been accused of harming the well being of schoolchildren by taking meat off faculty lunch menus within the metropolis.

The French authorities criticised mayor Gregory Doucet, from the Inexperienced get together, after he made the choice to streamline faculty lunch providers whereas social distancing remained in place in the course of the coronavirus disaster.

Mr Doucet defended the measure and stated menus, which embody fish and egg merchandise, can be balanced for all kids.

However agriculture minister Julien Denormandie accused Mr Doucet of “placing ideology on our youngsters’s plates”. He wrote on Twitter: “Let’s simply give them what they should develop properly. Meat is a part of it.”

Inside minister Gerald Darmanin stated the transfer was an “unacceptable insult” to French farmers and butchers, including: “We are able to see that the moralising and elitist coverage of the Greens excludes the favored courses. Many kids typically solely get to eat meat on the faculty canteen.”

Mr Douce responded to the criticism on Twitter and stated the measure was taken “solely” as a result of pandemic and added that his right-wing predecessor, Gerard Collomb, had taken “precisely the identical measure” in the course of the first wave of infections final yr.

However Mr Denormandie stated he had requested the area’s prime native official, the prefect of Rhone, to overrule the choice. The prefect is because of handle the problem as per the minister’s orders.

Lyon is famend for its meat-focused delicacies and is basically thought to be the culinary capital of France. Nonetheless, vegetarianism is on the rise in France, with gross sales of meat-free merchandise growing.

A regulation handed in 2018 made it necessary for faculties to have one vegetarian day and vegan restaurant ONA grew to become the primary of its sort in France to be awarded a Michelin star earlier this yr.

Mr Doucet has courted controversy earlier than, elevating eyebrows when he stated that the Tour de France was “macho and polluting” and was not welcome in Lyon so long as it was not “environmentally accountable”.

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