Thursday, January 26, 2006

Let Them Eat Cake--The French Soup Nazi Says Soup is Racist

I never knew that soup could be racist. But France has decided that pork soup is, so it's been banned. That's right, banned. If you were hoping to taste a delicious bowl of pork soup (ugh!) on your next vacation in France, better think again and settle for crepe suzettes or that other gourmet delicacy, french fries! What's going on here?

It seems some charities were feeding France's hungry homeless and poor, offering them a tasty bowl of pork soup at no cost. The problem?

Protesters have accused the groups of deliberate discrimination against Jews and Muslims, who do not eat the meat.

Thus, local governments in some parts of France have banned pork soup.

My comment: Nobody was being forced to eat anything, right? So, think about where we are going with this line of thought. The Hindus of India don't eat the cow, so let's ban hamburgers. And of course, hot dogs are made of pork, so let's ban those. Pork sausage for breakfast? Fuggidaboutit!

Am I the only one who thinks a government that has the power to ban pork soup is a government with too much power? "Laissez faire forever," Adam Smith might say.

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5 Comments:

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Benji said...

Professor,

I am completely agree with you. As you know, I am a French citizen and I am still trying to figure out what it is all about. I mean who does not know now why I decided to come to the U.S. France is a completely false "laissez faire" economy. The government owned until recently a lot of industries sectors such as airlines company like air france. Or even the energy industry such as the electricity and gas called EDF/GDF.
Anyway, here is why I believed they baned it in some parts of France. As you might know France has problem about racism. The last couple of years, racism has increased in people mentality. But muslims french citizens vote like the other. In some parts of France such as around Paris and Marseille, the muslims community is very present. If you are a politician you might need their votes for the coming mayor election or other elections. So I believe this is why it happens but I also agree this is not the only reason. I hope my input was not offending to anybody. And anyway as I say all the time: "C'est la vie!"

 
At 11:05 PM, Blogger Katie B. said...

It is scary that a government in a modern country can outlaew a food item. I hardly think that the soup kitchen's intention was to provide a soup that couldn't be consumed by certain religons. I'm sure they were more concerned about providing protein and nutrients to help them survive. Hopefully France will see the stupidity of their actions and get rid of the law.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Perhaps if they sold the subject soup for some minimal amount, rather than giving it away, they could sidestep the racism accusations. Perhaps not. The French - sacre bleu!

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Aunt B said...

So, these local governments, are they banning only pork soup? Are porkloin, chops, and pigs feet still okay? Agreed, the government should have no say in a nations taste or lack of it. Aunt B

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous sixcentgeorge_fr said...

je crois pas trop ce truc de cochon et de soupe ; certe cela est possible : le respect des religions des "innocents" . si oui : les restos du coeur preferent une nourriture que tous les "creves-la-faim" "peuvent" manger ;]

 

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