February 19, 2010 http://www.zeenews.com/<wbr>news605366.html Paris: A move by a French fast-food chain to offer halal menues at a handful of restaurants has left some politicians fuming, in the latest row over France's increasingly visible Muslim minority. The Quick chain has taken pork off its menu in eateries in Roubaix, northern France, as well as in Marseille and in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil to try to tap into the growing market of Muslim customers. But politicians from the left and right have complained that the switch to no-bacon hamburgers, launched three months ago in November, is depriving non-Muslims of their right to the standard menu. They argue that non-Muslims now have to trek to the suburbs to get a bacon burger as Quick is the only fast-food place in the city centre. Roubaix town leaders on Thursday filed a complaint for discrimination, their lawyer Frank Berton said. He said Quick was effectively making the supplying of its products conditional on religious affiliation. "I'm not bothered by the fact that there is a halal menu," said Roubaix's Mayor Rene Vandierendonck. "But this is going too far because it is the only menu on offer and it has become discrimination." French far-right politician Marine Le Pen suggested the Halal menus were providing a financial boost to Muslim organisations that certify meat as having been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic practices. Le Pen condemned the menu switch as "unacceptable" and denounced a form of "Islamisation". In cities and towns across France, Quick's red-and-white signs are as familiar a sight as McDonald's golden arches, offering the usual array of hamburgers, French fries and soft drinks. But in eight of Quick's 350 restaurants the "Strong Bacon" double cheese hamburger is not on offer, replaced by a halal version with smoked turkey. One customer was quoted in Le Parisien daily as saying that "it's just not the same". The government has frowned on Quick's decision, suggesting that it was a form of "communautarisme", a pejorative term suggesting that a group is exhibiting a ghetto attitude. Home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority estimated at between five and six million, France has been caught up in a series of controversies that have highlighted its unease with Islam in a strictly secular society. President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is drafting legislation to ban the wearing of the full Islamic veil and sponsoring a debate on national identity that has exposed fears about immigration. Responding to the hubbub over the halal hamburgers, the head of France's Muslim Council called on Thursday for reason to prevail and announced that he planned to meet with Quick's owners. .