Francois Fillon, the French prime minister has tried to calm disquiet among Jews and Muslims after he urged them to re-think their ancient dietary rules.

The controversy is the latest to touch on the subject of cultural differences and immigration, ahead of the presidential election in April.

President Nicolas Sarkozy recently said he would cut the number of immigrants by almost half if he is re-elected.

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Paris.

Source: Al Jazeera