I wonder if the pig masked French will invade more of these restaurants?
France’s young Muslims fuel boom in halal food
The young ones want high-end halal luxuries and a range of halal cuisines, rather than the foods that their parents grew up with, the Guardian reports.
In response to the growing demand for halal products, which is increasing by 15 per cent a year, supermarket group Caisno has started stocking an increasing variety of halal meats.
The fast-food chain Quick has a number of halal-only burger bars and Muslim corner shops selling exclusively halal foods and drinks are also flourishing.
Wealthy young Muslims are behind the new trend , according to Yanis Bouarbi, 33, an IT specialist who started the website paris-hallal.com, which lists restaurants in France serving halal food.
“When our parents and grandparents came to France they did mostly manual work and the priority was having enough to feed the family,” he told the Guardian.
“But second or third-generation people like me have studied, have good jobs and money and want to go out and profit from French culture without compromising our religious beliefs. We don’t just want cheap kebabs, we want Japanese, Thai, French food; we want to be like the rest of you.”
Yanis Bouarbi’s website now lists more than 400 restaurants in Paris and its suburbs, and he plans to expand it to other French cities.