I find this so shocking and quite unbelievable. Can this really be valid in this day and age? NO!
* taken from the www.icdv.info website
VG ? You don’t eat !
All those who believe in freedom of thought and in the freedom of expression and observance of all personal convictions should sign this petition, whatever their personal stance may be concerning vegetarianism and animal rights.
A governmental order published on October 2, 2011 has outlawed vegetarianism in all French schools, whether public or private(1). All meals served in school canteens must contain animal products generally, and meat and fish at a certain minimum frequency.
For many children, eating at home is not possible, and bringing their own lunch to school is disallowed. This means that six million schoolchildren are now forced to eat meat, whether they like it or not.
Following a law voted last year by the French Parliament(2), similar decrees will be taken shortly regarding almost all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population.
These measures ostensibly aim at improving the quality of the meals served in schools. The French public health authorities hold, in opposition to the findings of most medical authorities in the world, that a balanced diet is impossible without animal products.
No practical considerations warrant a blanket prohibition of vegetarianism even in those canteens where the management would be willing to offer vegetarian or vegan alternatives. These decrees are thus an arbitrary violation of the rights of the vegetarian citizens in France.”
This is what the European Vegetarain Union had to say….