"The Discriminatory Nature of the Soup"
A fascinating story of the rise of the nationalist right in France. These rightists are threatening the Republic by serving soup. Soup with pork in it. The horror... the horror.
In 2003 Odile Bonnivard began serving soup to the homeless.
Leftists Against Soup. I can see the t-shirts now. First cartoons and now soup.
At first, she said, the group used pork because it was an inexpensive traditional ingredient for hearty French soup. But as the political significance of serving pork dawned on them and others, it quickly became the focus of their work. [...]
[T]he authorities initially left the pork soup kitchen alone, shutting it down only once to avoid an altercation with a group of indignant French leftists.
As winter closed in and other pork-soup kitchens run by similar-minded groups popped up in Strasbourg and Nice - as well as Brussels, Antwerp and Charleroi in Belgium - the authorities worried that they might be witnessing the start of a dangerous racist trend.A dangerous trend of racist soup? The charitable act of providing soup for the hungry homeless is deemed racist?! No one has to eat it. It's given away free but as the group's Website says, "The only condition required for dining with us: eat pork". Once again, Europe's vision of multiculturalism means criminalizing traditional European culture while allowing minority groups to serve their own communities.
Europe's Islamic charities serve halal food to disadvantaged Muslims and its Jewish charities operate kosher soup kitchens.
Halal and kosher are, well, kosher. But don't serve pork damn you woman! In December
several busloads of police officers arrived to stop her group from setting up at their usual spot near the Montparnasse train station, citing "the discriminatory nature of the soup."Busloads of police? The French police barely tried to stop the Muslim riots but the send busloads of cops to stop a secretary from serving traditional soup to the homeless. Bonnivard is made of strong stuff.
Not really. Remember, this is France. The Eurocrats know best, not the French people. The soup is even enjoyed by those who are not homeless but live on a tight budget in expensive France. Helene, 61, is more honest about the situation in France than all of Official France.
"Our freedom in France is being threatened," she said. "If we prefer European civilization and Christian culture, that's our choice."
"At least here there are people who are of the same mind as me. The French, and the Europeans in general, roll over for foreigners, and particularly Islam."Rock on Helene! Even as the grateful poor line up for the "Identity Soup" the absurdity of modern France knows no limits.
Not yet Odile. Not yet.
[F]our vans filled with riot police officers were waiting at the group's
designated meeting point outside a conservative Catholic church. Bonnivard and her confederates huddled in a nearby café, plotting ways to serve their soup before the police could stop them. "They're more afraid of us than any march by Islamists or Jews," Bonnivard's husband, Roger, later declared as people slurped soup around him.
Bruno Gollnisch, the silver-haired No.2 of the far-right National Front, mingled in the crowd, calling the "persecution" of the soup kitchen a "betrayal of the French identity."Other activists handed out slices of oily sausage as flags bearing the fleur de lis fluttered overhead.
"We're not yet living in a land of Islam," Bonnivard bellowed from atop the sedan.