Halal means permitted or lawful and are use regarding any food allowed consumed under Islamic law. Now everyone knows in the meat industry that Muslim consume halal meat.
So it is going to be difficult for this supermarket in a Paris suburb to obey the instructions from both the Local housing authorities and the Mayor of Colombes to put alcohol and pork in this mini supermarket. That would be going against their religious beliefs.
Muslims like the seventh day Adventist do not handle pork, the Bible gave specific instructions; Deuteronomy 14 verse 8 “And swine, because it divideth the hoof yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses.
I understand the Mayor’s position about the supermarket, the whole of the community, is not catered for, and with the local authorities saying that the shop owner is not obeying the condition of the lease the shop have to be a general store which means that he provide everything the community requires.
How does one practice the principles of their faith without compromising oneself? In this case, it will not happen because of the products that must be on offer. Until I read the article, I never realize how much we take for granted in the UK. We go out shopping to halal places every day, and I very much doubt most resident even think about what the word halal means.