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Stop pushing meat, McCartney tells French

Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage on November 30, 2011, at the Bercy Palais-Omnisport (POPB) in Paris.

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Sir Paul McCartney has come out in support of French vegetarians.

In a statement issued by the French Vegetarian Association, the former Beatle expressed his disapproval of a regulation controlling food served in school canteens. The release says the regulation "legally obliges [students]to consume products of animal origin."

The statement quotes Sir Paul saying: "The French Government's recent decree effectively enforcing the consumption of animal products in public institutions is a backward step for France. It goes against the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union by prohibiting individuals' right to express their beliefs.

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"No one needs to eat animals – and we can combat climate change and lessen the risk of suffering from heart disease and other ailments by reducing the amount of meat we eat."

Sir Paul is a well-known vegetarian and animal-rights activist who once campaigned against Canada's annual seal hunt.

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