French Subway Shop Shuts Down After Homophobic Valentine’s Day Offer

A Subway sandwich shop in Angers, France shut down on Sunday after it outraged customers with a heterosexuals-only Valentine’s Day deal.

As the French legislature considers the merits of passing same-sex marriage equality, the owner of a local Subway franchise put his two cents into the debate by giving a 14 euro special to “H/F” — male and female — couples. The deal sparked so much anger the the shop actually closed its doors:

Also on the poster was an asterisk that read: “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.”[…]

A slew of angry customers responded to the ad on both Facebook and Twitter, and the official Twitter account of Subway in France responded on Friday saying: “We have been made aware of this poster and it has been immediately removed from the Subway in Angers.”

In an effort to calm the outrage, the company later tweeted: “We are committed to diversity/integration, we are working with the owner of the restaurant to reinforce our values/politics.”

France, as a nation, has turned its focus intensely toward marriage equality since French President François Hollande announced that it would be a major initiative of his administration. And the people of France clearly seem to side with Hollande over the Subway restaurateur; a recent poll showed that 63 percent of French people supported changing the law.