Home Secretary shocked by global food in French stores


French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was “shocked” by the international food aisles in French supermarkets, in an interview with the news channel BFMTV yesterday (October 20).Mr Darmanin was questioned following the murder of Professor Saumel Paty, whose murder has been described by President Macron as an “Islamic terrorist attack”.

The president has since pledged “immediate action” against Islamic terrorism In France.

Capitalism “plays a role”

Speaking about cultural separatism in France, Mr. Darmanin said: “I have always been shocked to walk into a supermarket and see an aisle of food for a community.

“In my opinion, this is how communities start to form.”

Asked by the interviewer if he wanted to see these foods disappear from French supermarkets, Mr. Darmanin said his position as Minister of the Interior did not allow him to pass laws that would achieve this.

He said: “I think French capitalism and world capitalism have a responsibility. If you are selling clothes for a community, you may be playing a role in forming communities. ”

“I am simply calling on CEOs to understand that they can contribute to public peace and the fight against separatism.”

He later clarified that he did not want to see the end of supermarkets selling a range of foods such as “respectable” halal or kosher products.

Comments spark disbelief on social media

The comments were not well received on social media.

Twitter user Johan Jacob posted: “What he says is really dangerous. Will there be “Republican” food afterwards? ”

Another commentator, Ramses Kefi, wrote: “He is Minister of the Interior – therefore somewhat responsible for security. Besides getting rid of Fleury Michon halal mortadella and samurai sauce, what’s her plan?

Some have questioned whether – according to Mr Darmanin’s logic – Easter chocolate should be withdrawn from secular French supermarkets, and whether the French overseas should be banned from buying products such as camembert, in case where they too would begin to form “communities”.

Others were simply shocked by the minister’s comments. Ilyes Ramadani tweeted, “I don’t have a jibe or tweet or anything. Just astonishment. This man is the Minister of the Interior.

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