French Food Chain Slammed for Switch to Halal
Lack of bacon burgers irks right-wing politicians
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 5:00 AM CST
Quick, France's home-grown rival to McDonald's, has switched to a Muslim-friendly menu in 8 of its 362 restaurants.   (?LWY)

(Newser) – French fast-food chain Quick is under attack from nationalist politicians for switching to a Muslim-friendly menu in 8 of its 362 restaurants. The decision to make burgers from halal beef and replace bacon with turkey in the restaurants, all located in heavily Muslim areas, is an "unacceptable" sign of the "Islamization" of France, according to National Front politician Marine Le Pen.

Quick says it made the switch late last year and there had been no complaints until politicians raised the issue ahead of next month's regional elections, the Independent reports. The chain says its untrue to claim that halal food is being forced on customers, pointing out that plenty of non-halal products—including beer—are still being offered in the 8 restaurants in question.