A French halal supermarket has been shut down for not selling alcohol and pork.
The Good Price mini-market in Colombes, Paris was threatened with closure last year for violating the terms of its lease which required it to be a ‘general food store.’
But owner Soulemane Yalcin refused to stock alcohol and pork and a court has now ruled that his rental lease must be cancelled.
The court of Nanterre decided on Monday that he failed to meet ‘the needs of all inhabitants.’
The Good Price mini-market in Colombes, Paris was threatened with closure last year for violating the terms of its lease which required it to be a ‘general food store’ (file photo)
The ruling came after locals complained they could no longer get a broad range of products after the halal supermarket replaced a regular supermarket.
Last year Nicole Goueta, the mayor of Colombes, visited the store to urge Mr Yalcin to begin selling alcohol and pork.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Jerome Besnard, said that he asked the owner to ‘diversify’ his range of products on sale following complaints from locals.
He added that the area wants a ‘social mix’ where everyone can get hold of a selection of products.
Many of the older residents have been unable to complete their entire shop at the new store, following the closure of the old supermarket.
This has forced them to travel to other shops to buy pork and alcohol.
Mr Yalcin defended his decision not to sell the products, saying he was simply catering to the demands of his customers in the area (file photo)
Speaking to Le Parisien, Mr Yalcin, who opened his shop in April 2015, defended his decision not to sell the products.
He claimed that he was simply catering to the demands of his customers in the area.
He said: ‘I look around me and I target what I see. The lease states ‘general food store and related activities’ – but it all depends on how you interpret ‘related activities’.’
Mr Yalcin added that other stores selling alcohol in the area face ‘security problems’ and claimed Franprix sales figures showed there were ‘losses in the deli department’.
The owner has been ordered to pay 4,000 euros worth of court fees, and empty the premises.