Paris police ban pork street party in Muslim area

Paris - PARIS (AP) - French police have banned a street party whose organizers planned to serve alcoholic cocktails and pork sausages in a heavily Muslim neighborhood of Paris.

Police said the party, called "Sausage and Booze," could have been viewed as a provocation in a neighborhood where many Muslims pray on the streets because there aren't enough mosques. Alcohol and pork are forbidden by Islam and the party had been slated for just after Friday's main Muslim weekly prayers.

Organizers said they were holding the party to protest Islam's encroachment on traditional French values in the neighborhood. Muslim groups had announced a counterparty serving halal, or religiously approved, food. Police banned both events.

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