I was thinking about the tons of folks who don’t eat meat for reasons apart from religion. Yes, one could just skip the meat portion for that day (I don’t know what the rules are regarding utensils and being prepared in the same area) but that’s not a complete lunch (just eating sides). Why not just have a vegetarian option and a meat option every day?
I also wonder if any accommodations are made for allergies or health issues that prevent consumption of certain foods, or if such students just have to bring their own lunches. If they do make accommodations for health reasons, but refuse to take into account religious views, that seems very iffy to me. Then again, it’s the French, and they love their secularism.
It’s funny that they’re bringing up the cost factor, too. It seems to me that if you’re going to blatantly ignore what students eat, you’re going to waste a lot of money. I did not go to a Catholic college, but you bet they adjusted their ordering and preparation during Lent to accommodate more vegetarian (or fish) meals on Fridays. It’s just common sense to do that. :shrug: