Marine Le Pen Calls For Ban On Ritual Slaughter
(JTA) – Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method without stunning.
Le Pen, who won 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections Sunday, on Tuesday made the statement on halal slaughter. She did not mention shechitah, the kosher slaughter of animals, but she made it clear the same rules would apply.
“Slaughter without stunning, I’m sorry, it should have special labels. Furthermore, I think that slaughter without stunning should be prohibited,” Le Pen said.
National Front’s showing on Sunday was the best electoral result in the party’s history and the second time it made it to the final round.
She has said during the current campaign that she would ban the wearing of kippot in public in France in order to facilitate a ban on Muslim clothes. She has also said that she would make it illegal for French citizens to have an Israeli passport.
Le Pen has called on French Jews to make these “sacrifices” to curb radical Islam and has promised to be French Jewry’s “shield” against Islam.