But, now the leading politicians want to do away with that. They say that obliging dietary requirements in the schools would be a violation of the separation of church and state.
Former President Nicholas Sarkozy went as far as to say "If they want to eat special food they should go to a private Jewish or Muslim school."
Funny thing is, all French public schools give students a fish option on Fridays - and the politicians don't want to get rid of that, because they say it's a "French tradition."
The mind boggles.