Officers within the French authorities have a significant beef with the mayor of Lyon.
Lyon Mayor Grégory Doucet, a member of France’s Greens social gathering who took workplace in July 2020, is being skewered for his resolution to take away meat from faculty cafeterias within the curiosity of streamlining lunch service and selling extra balanced meals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gérald Darmanin, France’s Minister of the Inside, referred to as Doucet out on Twitter, claiming the coverage was an “unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers.” He additionally accused the Greens, total, of creating choices with out regard for the nation’s working class with their “scandalous ideology.”
“Many youngsters typically solely have the canteen to eat meat,” argued Darmanin, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! social gathering.
Julien Denormandie, France’s Minister of Agriculture and a fellow member of the En Marche! social gathering, additionally accused Doucet of “placing ideology on our kids’s plates.”
“Let’s simply give them what they should develop nicely. Meat is one in all them,” Denormandie wrote.
Doucet, in the meantime, has fired again at such accusations, claiming that the brand new coverage wouldn’t solely velocity up faculty lunch service (and promote social distancing by doing so), but additionally promote extra sustainable, native and wholesome meals within the metropolis’s faculties.
He additionally argued that Gérard Collomb, the town’s earlier mayor and a member of the En Marche! social gathering, had “taken exactly the same measure” within the first months of the pandemic, when he was nonetheless in workplace.
“We didn’t hear you make these feedback to Gérard Collomb,” he wrote.
Doucet has beforehand mentioned that additional change is required to protect Lyon’s total culinary heritage, and has argued in opposition to the mass importation of meat in favor of selling native farmers. Town has additionally put forth a plan to supply extra natural and native meals — and to supply schoolchildren “2 to 4 vegetarian meals per week” — by 2022.
Regardless of meat being off the menu for Lyonnais schoolchildren, fish and eggs will nonetheless be out there.
Lyon, France’s third-largest metropolis, is also known as the capital of French gastronomy, well-known for dishes together with stews, terrines or casseroles, typically made with meats or offal.