Mayor Grégory Doucet of Lyon, a member of the Green Party, has been shot by government officials for his decision to offer meat-free lunches only as services are reduced due to the pandemic.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin called it an “unacceptable insult” to French farmers and butchers, adding that it was a “moralizing and elitist policy” of the green mayor.
“Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates,” Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie wrote on Twitter.
But Doucet defended its decision, saying that a single menu without meat that everyone can eat was only intended to ensure smooth service at meals, given the limits and social distance forced by the Covid-19 crisis.
Proteins such as fish and eggs are included in the menu, he noted.
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