Meat-free-menu in Lyon’s school canteens troubles French ministers

According to Lyon’s mayor, “it is simply practical common sense” to ensure food is served to all children who must respect sanitary and social distancing measures. [Shutterstock/Africa Studio]

After the announcement by Lyon’s Green Mayor, Grégory Doucet, to impose a single, meat-free menu for schools, Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie tweeted “let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates”, while Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said it was an “unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers”.

According to Lyon’s mayor, “it is simply practical common sense” to ensure food is served to all children who must respect sanitary and social distancing measures.

The mayor also recalled that the government did not intervene when his predecessor and former interior minister from 2017 to 2018, Gérard Collomb, made the same decision during the first lockdown.

Faced with this decision, the County Federation of Farmers’ Unions and the Young Farmers of the Rhone called for a demonstration today. (Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)

 

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