Macron’s government did not support the initiative of Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet to temporarily reject meat in school canteens: such an “ideological” decision, according to politicians, is “moralizing” and leads to discrimination against disadvantaged families. Green Party spokesman Doucet hopes to speed up service in this way and prevent the spread of coronavirus in the school, says Le Figaro.
Mayors from the Europe Ecology Green Party seem to be the new favorite targets for the Macron administration, Le Figaro argues. Five months after the conviction of the mayor of Bordeaux for refusing to install the tree – “dead christmas tree“, Members of the government spoke out against another decision recognized by”ideological»: Mayor of Lyon Gregory Doucet has ordered school canteens to temporarily refuse meat, but at the same time keep eggs and fish. Thanks to a menu that “meets the tastes of more and more”Students, the mayor hopes to speed up service amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Neglecting the main goal of the changes, French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin criticized “moralizing and elite politics“Which”excludes lower classes». «Let’s stop putting ideology on our children’s plates!“- the Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandy supported him and turned to the head of the region for clarification. Thus, the French newspaper notes, the authorities are building up opposition between “pragmatic“Ecology supported by macronists and ecology”dogmatic“That the” greens “preach.
Wanting to end the debate, Gregory Doucet expressed surprise at the reaction to his decision, which is no different from the measures taken in Lyon after the quarantine in the spring. The Assistant Mayor for Education emphasized in an interview with the regional newspaper Le Progrès that, “if sanitary situation permits”, The city will return to its usual routine, when school canteens offered a meat-free menu twice a week.
According to the newspaper, in June last year, Doucet was first elected to the post of mayor of the third largest city in France, but this is not the first time he has been accused of a controversial point of view. At the beginning of September, he named the Tour de France, the participants in which were to drive through Lyon, “sexist and polluting»The environment, which caused indignation among some of the political elite. Environmentalists rivals nicknamed them “by green khmers“Due to the alleged ideological rigidity, therefore, after coming to power, the new mayor showed restraint, but then refused it.
Until now, the rivals of the Greens have looked out for the slightest mistake, but have not been able to get a reaction from the top of the government. Just 10 days after its defeat, the local right was hurt by the use of inclusive phrases advocated by feminists in official documents. A few days later, they outraged that, due to coronavirus restrictions, they canceled the traditional air parade in honor of Bastille Day. According to the head of the local branch of the right, Etienne Blanc, the epidemic “again serves as a pretext for these ideologues“, That is “abuse of power».
Despite the controversy, Gregory Doucet plans to offer schoolchildren a vegetarian à la carte menu throughout the week next year, fulfilling his campaign promise, Le Figaro concludes.
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