A halal supermarket in Paris has been given an ultimatum to either start selling alcohol and pork or face being closed down.
The authorities argue that not all members of the community are being catered to by the stores ‘Halal only’ products and must start to cater for everyone in the community.
The owners of Good Price discount mini market have also been told by the local housing authority that the store has breached the condition of the lease which states the shop must act as a “general food store.”
The mayor of the Colombes, Nicole Goueta, also paid the store a visit and informed the owner to ‘diversify the range of products by adding alcohol and non-halal meats.’
The new owners had taken over from the previous owners a year ago and turned the shop into a ‘Halal only’ store claiming he is only catering to the demands of his customers.
The owner, Soulemane Yalcin, said: “I look around me and I target what I see. The lease states ‘general food store and related activities’.
He has now hired a lawyer to fight against the authority trying to close down his store.