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Subway France Shuts Down Franchise Owner's Anti-Gay Special

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The owner of a Subway franchise in Angers, France, thought he would pull a Dan Cathy by using his fast food signage to discriminate against gay people.

On Valentine's Day, the owner posted a sign advertising a "feast of love for couples (M/F);" then, at the bottom of the poster, he included the self-defense, "Discrimination: No, the marriage for all law has advanced, but has yet to be ratified by the Senate. Until then, I'll use my freedom of expression."

Naturally, this being the 21st Century, the hateful message was soon spread across Twitter and Facebook, prompting executives at Subway France to temporarily close that store's location and release an apology.

From their Facebook page:

The SUBWAY brand is strongly committed to maintaining the values ​​of diversity and inclusiveness in its restaurants around the world and does not endorse in any discrimination of any kind.

We apologize to all those people who felt offended by the individual promotional initiative for Valentine's Day of a restaurant in Angers, France.

Subway officials called the owner a "marginal case" and are looking into filing sanctions against him.

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  1. Separation of Church and State (in France it is more clearly drawn as state secularism): want to discriminate, ply your trade in your local non-inclusive Church basement.

    Want to ply your trade for the rest of the civilized, law-abiding country, suck-it up and sell to all, no matter their sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Maguita | Feb 17, 2013 10:05:46 AM


  2. Of course the real crime here is that there are any Subway restaurants in France. Tourists and the French alike can all surely find better places to eat in France.

    Posted by: David Lauri | Feb 17, 2013 10:45:19 AM


  3. As are all these bigots, his disclaimer is bogus and a lie anyway. He denies gay couples participation because they can't legally marry but he wasn't offering his special to MARRIED couples; he was offering it to COUPLES.

    Bigots are always liars! Why can't they just be proud of their bigotry and stand by it, being honest about their motives?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 17, 2013 10:50:18 AM


  4. Had this happened in the good old US of A all the local nut jobs would come out and support the store. Good on subway for closing it down!

    Posted by: Will | Feb 17, 2013 10:52:08 AM


  5. Zeke, they can't be proud of their bigotry becuase they would have to admit to being biots. That just takes all of the righteousness out of self-righteous.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Feb 17, 2013 11:37:36 AM


  6. Zeke, they can't be proud of their bigotry becuase they would have to admit to being biots. That just takes all of the righteousness out of self-righteous.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Feb 17, 2013 11:37:37 AM


  7. I don't speak French natively, but I don't think "feast of love" sounds good. I suggest "Lover's Day" as a translation.

    Posted by: nico | Feb 17, 2013 1:03:16 PM


  8. See. The market handled it.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 17, 2013 1:52:09 PM


  9. See. The market handled it.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 17, 2013 1:52:19 PM


  10. You just know that NOM was behind this tactic.

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 17, 2013 2:11:05 PM


  11. You just know that NOM was behind this tactic.

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 17, 2013 2:11:08 PM


  12. You just know that NOM was behind this tactic.

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 17, 2013 2:11:16 PM


  13. Frankly, I'm surprised they sell foot-longs in France. What, do they call them 0.3048 longs?

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 17, 2013 2:47:39 PM


  14. This wrong was righted because 1) people called attention to the bigotry instead of letting it slide, and 2) the bigotry was spread widely via social media. Praise activism that gets corporate attention.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 17, 2013 4:32:55 PM


  15. Eat a footlong sub and you won't make a very fun date.

    Posted by: Jack | Feb 17, 2013 4:59:42 PM


  16. @David Hearn, yeah the market in FRANCE handled it. The market in the US supports anti-gay bigots. Just look at Chick-fil-A.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 17, 2013 5:16:50 PM


  17. @ David Lauri,

    The average French person loves American fast food. Funny, a friend had a French teenage boy staying with his family for one month here in America and he couldn't get enough junk food. The last thing he did while going to the airport was pick u a box of donuts.

    I'm always kind of amazed by the fact there are more fast food places in European cities than in my home, Boston. And they do very well.

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    The guy wasn't breaking any French law and he wouldn't be arrested or charged with a 'hate' crime. What happened is Subway in France objected. The same thing happens here; many corporations will object to employee or franchise owner behavior.

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    France has separation of church and state, but Catholicism is till the de facto religion of France and it plays even today an important cultural role.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 18, 2013 10:05:06 AM


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