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French restaurant's 'no Pakistani' rule lands chef in hot soup

Published on Jan 9, 2014 1:30 PM
 
Mr Philippe Lafforgue, French owner of the restaurant “La Maison” which serves non-halal food, speaks during an interview with AFP at his restaurant in Islamabad on Jan 7, 2014. With coarse-grained pork sausages, blood pudding and fine wine on his menu, Lafforgue thought he had cooked up the perfect recipe for expats in Pakistan's capital Islamabad. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - With coarse-grained pork sausages, blood pudding and fine wine on his menu, chef Philippe Lafforgue thought he had cooked up the perfect recipe for expats in Pakistan's capital Islamabad.

But the Frenchman's refusal to serve Pakistanis unless they were accompanied by a foreigner has landed him in hot soup in this deeply conservative country, home to some of the most dangerous Islamist militants on the planet.

It all started with a Twitter comment one evening in December. Mr Cyril Almeida, a prominent Pakistani journalist, complained about a restaurant which refused reservations from anyone except "foreign-passport holders".

Established in October, La Maison is a small French bistro tucked away on the ground floor of Mr Lafforgue's house in a posh, tree-lined area in the heart of the capital.

 
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