France: Quick goes halal

Quick, the fast food chain in France has gone halal. All pork has been removed by the restauranteur at locations in neighbourhoods with high Muslim populations. Non-Muslims who want a classic burger with bacon have to now go to another location elsewhere to buy the classic. One angry regular customer asks, ” I don’t understand, why can’t they sell halal burgers and bacon burgers at the same time?” I understand. Silly question.

From The Telegraph U.K.

French fast food chain makes menus halal

Quick, one of France’s most popular fast food chains, has taken pork off the menu at eight of its restaurants, turning them into halal-only outlets.

By Henry Samuel in Paris
Published: 6:11PM GMT 15 Feb 2010

The chain has replaced bacon with smoked halal turkey in restaurants in three branches in a Paris suburb, two in Marseille, and the remainder in Toulouse, Villeurbanne, near Lyon, and Roubaix, northern France – all of them areas with high Muslim populations.

These restaurants now serve only halal food, seen as permissible according to Islamic law. The company said the move was part of a test, which began in November, and that pork may return to the menu at a later date.

However, it has sparked angry reactions from Catholic groups. A comment on E-Deo, a Catholic website, said: “Quick is in the process of inventing fast-islamisation”.

Citing its outlet in Villeurbanne, a Quick spokesman said that no customers were “obliged” to eat halal meat, as “in parallel, we have 10 Quick restaurants in the Lyon area” offering “classic menus”.

Some Muslim customers welcomed the move in one branch in Roubaix, northern France. “I’m happy, as I can come with my Muslim friends,” said Farid, 17.

But other regular customers were outraged. “I don’t understand, why can’t they sell halal burgers and bacon burgers at the same time?” asked Delphine, 26.

The far-right National Front waded in on Sunday; its vice-president, Marine Le Pen, who is campaigning ahead of next month’s regional elections, said: “All those who come to buy food in this Quick will in reality pay a tax to Islamic certification organisations [paid to rubber stamp the halal label].”

But Al-Kanz, a French Muslim consumers’ group, said the reasons were “purely economic”, adding that there were no “dark Muslim forces in France putting pressure” on the chain.

French Muslims have expressed concern that they are being stigmatized following a four-month long controversial “great debate” on national identity launched by the government, which centred heavily on immigration and the position of Islam in France. There has been an equally heated debate on whether to ban the full Islamic veil.

5 Replies to “France: Quick goes halal”

  1. “But other regular customers were outraged. “I don’t understand, why can’t they sell halal burgers and bacon burgers at the same time?” asked Delphine, 26.”

    You just have to laugh, you couldn’t keep sane if you didn’t.

  2. The thing to do, is to take your business elsewhere. Let them cater to Muslims, it’s a free country. And others are free to take their business elsewhere.

  3. Speaking of a free country, why wouldn’t young, enterprising Muslims open up a halal burger joint to cater to the religious instead of an already established chain altering their menu?

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