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Pork-free burgers raise protests in France

Quicks chain of French fast-food restaurants has attracted a storm of criticism after it said some of its branches would serve only halal burgers to attract more Muslim customers.

French politicians say the company is breaching the country's secular tradition. In eight restaurants Quick is serving only beef from cows slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practice and all pork products have been removed.

The controversy has again raised attention French sensitivities about living with the largest Muslim population in Europe, at five million.

Legal action
The town council in Roubaix, northern France, home to one of the outlets concerned, said it would take legal action against the fast food chain for discrimination.

The socialist-run town council accused the hamburger chain of 'subordinating the supply of a good, the hamburger, to belonging or not belonging to a particular religion.'

In southern French Marseille, the centre-right mayorcalled for Quick to offer regular as well as halal beef in the two restaurants in the city that were part of the experiment.

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