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What’s kosher?

On the announcement that President Obama will be eating kosher in Israel this month, GlobalPost offers an explanation of what exactly “kosher” means.
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An Orthodox Jewish boy inspects a Matzah, the unleavened bread eaten during Passover. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
On the announcement that President Obama will be eating kosher in Israel this month, GlobalPost offers an explanation of what exactly “kosher” means.
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French Prime Minister calls for end to ritual religious slaughter of meat

Francois Fillon suggests that Jews and Muslims give up kosher and halal rituals
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In pursuit of votes for his boss President Nicolas Sarkozy, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has caused outrage among France's Jews and Muslims. (SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

This isn't the first time the subject of religious slaughter of food among France's religious minorities has come up. But with a presidential election looming next month it was bound to re-surface.

Last month, Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right National Front made ritual slaughter for Halal meat an issue … and it found traction. Now Prime Minister Francois Fillon, a member of President Sarkozy's UMP party, is echoing the call.

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