The French take their food seriously, but this is clearly overdoing things.
Police in the Basque town of Ustaritz removed a five-year old girl from her school cafeteria after her parents had failed to settle $220 in outstanding fees to the lunch program.
Since news of the police rousting of a hungry tot hit France’s national press Jan. 10, the resulting public, media, and government outcry has been enough to give Ustaritz officials lifetime indigestion.
“All children in France should be eating in their cafeteria, and not be victims of acts which, of this nature, are acts of violence,” protested French Education Minister Vincent Peillon, one of several officials who described themselves as “shocked” by the police intervention.
Dominique Baudis, the head of France’s human rights watchdog, said an official investigation has been opened “to identify the successive dysfunctions that led to this situation”.
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