SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Muslims and Jewish groups in France have reacted angrily to suggestions by French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, that the religious slaughter of animals was outdated.
Speaking on a French radio station Fillon said that “religions should think about whether they should keep traditions that don't have much in common with today's state of science, technology and health problems”.
The remarks lead to criticisms from both Jewish and Muslim groups.
France's Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim said: “France's problems are so important, as we are in a period of crisis, so how can the issue of kosher meat and halal meat be a major problem for France?”
Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, said the council “cannot understand why Islam and Muslims are being used as scapegoats in this campaign”.