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Campaigning Sarkozy nixes halal meat in schools

 French far-right leader and National Front Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen, holding a lamb, looks at a glas...
 French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting in Dijon, central France, S...
 French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting in Dijon, central France, S...
 French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande applauds his supporters as he arrives at a meeting in Dijon, c...
 French President and candidate for the 2012 Presidential Elections Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at a meeting in Bordeaux, western France, Saturday, March ...

France Presidential Election

French far-right leader and National Front Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen, holding a lamb, looks at a glas...

France Presidential Elections

French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting in Dijon, central France, S...

France Presidential Elections

French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting in Dijon, central France, S...

France Presidential Elections

French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections Francois Hollande applauds his supporters as he arrives at a meeting in Dijon, c...

France Presidential Elections

French President and candidate for the 2012 Presidential Elections Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at a meeting in Bordeaux, western France, Saturday, March ...

The issue of France's Muslims moved front and center into the presidential campaign with President Nicolas Sarkozy excluding any special indulgences for halal meat.
Sarkozy insisted at a Bordeaux campaign rally Saturday that French civilization must prevail in France. He said there's no place for xenophobia or racism.
Muslims, and immigration, are constant themes in recent French presidential races, but the topic is rising to the fore with vehemence as the April 22 first-round vote nears _ 50 days from now.
There are an estimated 5 million Muslims in France, the largest such population in Western Europe. Socialist Francois Hollande is the front-runner, with Sarkozy trailing in second place.