affiche subway Rude service at restaurants is something of a stereotype in France, but one Subway sandwich shop showed gay couples the door on Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, the Subway sandwich shop in Angers, about 180 miles from Paris, posted a sign promoting a Valentine’s special for couples: two foot-long subs for about $18.75.

But the owner indicated only male-female (or “h/f” for homme-femme) couples were allowed to use it—and insisted he was within his rights because same-sex marriage hasn’t official passed in the country.

Here’s a translated version of the sign (at right):

Valentine’s Day 

Thursday February 14

Lovers’ celebration for couples (M/F*)

2 30-cm menu items for 14 Euros

Meal = 1 sub + 1 fountain drink + 1 bag of chips or dessert

*Discrimination (?): No, the marriage for all bill has not yet been ratified by the senate. So for the moment I’m using the freedom-of-speech law.

According to, Subway France “disassociates itself completely” from the franchise’s act of bigotry, and reprimanded the shop’s owner.  Subway regional manager Patrick Rety expressed regret over the incident: “I am ashamed… We cannot accept this in 2013,” said Rety. “We have values, we have respect for people.”

The local LGBT group, Quazar, says it intends to file a complaint under current anti-discrimination laws—though it appears the shop in question was closed by Subway on Friday afternoon. The same day, a tweet from Subway France  indicated “the poster in question was removed IMMEDIATELY from the restaurant in Angers.”

But since it was a Valentine’s Day promo, does that even matter?

More importantly, if you’re taking your honey to Subway for Valentine’s Day—gay or straight—you’ve got bigger problems, n’est-ce pas?

h/t: Queerty reader Maxime D.

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