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From Monday, the EELV Lyon town hall will serve a “unique meatless” menu in its schools to meet the health protocol. What the opposition strongly denounced, seeing it as a "tour de force" to "impose an ideology"

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A simple email, addressed to the elected officials of the district, set fire to the powders. On February 15, the Assistant to Education of the city of Lyon announced to them the establishment single meal "without meat", in schools from next Monday, February 22. A decision taken to meet the new health protocol imposed by the government. And this until the Easter holidays. This announcement was made. sufficient to trigger a salvo of reactions and a cascade of indignation in the ranks of the opposition.

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The elected representatives of the right and the center immediately denounced a "tour de force" of the municipality "to impose its ideology" on the children . And were indignant at not having been consulted, as do parents of students.

"Imposing their ideology on children"

"By advancing in a hidden way behind technical criteria of meal preparation and fluidity of service, Grégory Doucet [the EELV mayor of Lyon] and Stéphanie Léger [his education assistant ] impose their ideology above all on Lyon children, gets carried away Etienne Blanc (LR), ex-candidate for municipal elections. This way of making a choice, without any alternative, is truly inadmissible. »

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"In reality, Grégory Doucet's team seized the health protocol as an opportunity to accelerate what they had planned in their campaign ”, accuses in turn Béatrice de Montille, municipal councilor of the 3rd arrondissement. The Greens planned, in fact, to offer a vegetarian meal of your choice every day of the week from 2022.

The town hall, contacted by 20 Minutes, however firmly denied these accusations, recalling that the menus served from Monday "will not be vegetarians ”since they consist of“ fish and eggs ”. “The new health protocol imposes a distance of two meters in school catering against one meter previously. We are now forced to accommodate fewer students at the same time. So to speed up the service and get everyone registered to eat during the lunch break, we chose a single menu, "she explains.

A concept already applied when Gérard Collomb was in charge of the town hall

According to the municipality, meals without meat are "those which suit the greatest number of children". "If we take into account intolerances, allergies, children who do not eat pork, meatless menus are the least restrictive. They also prevent the massive use of picnics, "she adds, surprised at such a controversy.

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Because the choice of a single meal without meat is nothing new. Neither an ideology of the new municipality, we are assured. The concept had already been applied during the first confinement for the children of caregivers who ate in the canteens of the city. But also between May and July 2020. And the town hall was then headed by Gérard Collomb .

"At the time, this did not pose a problem for anyone," the town hall said. And this is by no means a final decision since as soon as we can, as soon as the sanitary situation allows, we will reintroduce the meat menus. »End of the controversy?

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