BRUSSELS – On 4 April, Marine Le Pen, the head of the Front National, France’s far-right party, said that her party “will not accept any religious demands for school menus.”
Her comment came in the context of a growing scandal over the choice of menus in food canteens.
This could have been a legitimate statement if there were official demands based on religious beliefs. But this is not the case. So a few days later Le Pen was forced to add that she meant to “ban the ban [sic] on pork in school canteens.”
The last decade has seen an increasingly heated debate over laïcité, which, in law, refers to the separation of the Church and the State – enforced in France in 1905…