Abordant la nourriture halal, M. Sarkozy a ainsi déclaré : "Reconnaissons à chacun le droit de savoir ce qu'il mange, halal ou non" et a demandé "l'étiquetage des viandes en fonction de la méthode d'abattage".This is curious indeed. The French, ces fins gourmets, can't detect the difference between halal and non-halal meats with their palates, apparently, so they are being asked to make the difference palpable with their ballots. Is there a fear that one can be turned into a Muslim by eating halal meat? What about the right to know whether one's meat has been killed humanely, laced with antibiotics and growth hormones, or handled properly from abattoir to retail outlet? These are modern issues, clearly less important in right-wing politics than tribal atavisms.
Claude Guéant has taken the argument a step further: if one gives the right to vote to foreigners, they may impose the use of halal meat in the school cafeteria. Of course some Muslims are French citizens, so they already have the right to vote and elect local councils that might be majority Muslim, yet the mass conversion of French Catholics via the school cafeteria has yet to occur. Still, no xenophobic fear is too remote to go unraised in a presidential campaign.
How low can one stoop?