On a visit to Paris' main meat market on Tuesday morning, President Sarkozy rejected the claims of far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen that all meat consumed in the Ile-de-France region is halal, without consumers being aware.

Le Pen made her claim at the weekend when she said the meat distributed in France's most populous region, which includes the capital, is "exclusively" halal.

She added that "all the abattoirs in the Ile-de-France sell halal meat, without exception."

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