A French headteacher stirred up a storm when she sent a letter to parents, suggesting pupils would be forced to eat meat at school, because "secularism must be respected in its entirety". She has since been forced to backtrack.

The headteacher of the Jules-Ferry de Bondy primary school in Seine-Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris, stunned parents recently with a strongly-worded letter, in which she declared she "will not accept" children abstaining from meat at lunch time "for religious reasons."

"I remind you that, conforming to local regulations, and school rules, every child will be served meat. The children must eat their meat.

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