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While helping the homeless has become a cause célèbre, one group managed to turn it into a controversial act. For the past few years Solidarity of the French, a far-right group, has run a soup kitchen offering pork soup to Paris’s homeless. Critics complain that the organisation chose pork as the main ingredient in order to exclude observant Jews and Muslims, whose dietary restrictions preclude eating pig. On its website, the group stated it would only serve full meals to those who first accepted the soup. The city’s police chief to suspend the soup kitchen’s operation on December 28th. An administrative tribunal reversed the decision, so Mr Delanoë urged France’s highest court, the Conseil d’Etat, to weigh in. In January the court banned Solidarity of the French from serving meals.

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