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French Court Closes Supermarket for Not Selling Pork, Alcohol

PARIS – A French court has ordered a supermarket in a Paris suburb to close because it did not sell pork or alcohol.

The Good Price mini-market in Colombes suburb in Paris did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a “general food store,” according to the Court of Nanterre ruling, The Independent reported on Tuesday.

The supermarket came under fire last year in August by Nicole Goueta, the mayor of Colombes, and local authorities for “not catering to the general public.”

A bailiff’s report claimed the store almost exclusively stocked halal products.

The issue was taken to courts after the owner of the market objected to accusations that it was “discriminatory” and not following the conditions on its lease that it must act as a “general food store.”

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His lawyer argued alcohol “is not part of the general diet” and the store had no obligations to sell it as it was only a complement to food.

But the court said the products the shop stocked were “restrictive and did not fit the broad concept of general good.”

The ruling terminated the lease, ordering the shop owner to empty the premises and pay €4,000 to the local authority in legal costs.

Many on social media had come to the owner’s rescue, saying there were many ‘specialty’ shops across France which only sold certain products, and that authorities’ insistence was a “discriminatory” practice.

Islam takes an uncompromising stand on prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.