A restaurateur in a suburb in Paris has been labeled as Islamophobic after he reportedly refused to serve two hijab-clad Muslim women.
The incident took place over the weekend at Michelin-starred Le Canacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France and appears to have been covertly recorded by one of the women.
“Terrorists are Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists. This sentence says it all, analyze it,” the man can be heard speaking in French in the footage.
One of the women, who sounds clearly emotional replied, “We don't want to be served by racists.”
The man retorted, “Racists don't kill people.” He also added, “I don't want people like you at my place. Full stop.”
Members of the local Muslim community gathered outside the weekend after the video hit social media and demanded an apology from the owner. Others are encouraging have requested a boycott of the restaurant.
Le chef du restaurant Le Cénacle à Tremblay-en-France refuse de servir 2 femmes musulmanes— GuedGued (@_Pourquoi) August 28, 2016
Jusqu'ici tout va bien pic.twitter.com/y5HVj5cRDM
Apparently he wrongly mixed everything up. Seems to be a lot of that going on in France at the moment. https://t.co/ZVP7qqcGoE— Mr. Tickle (@MrTickle3) August 28, 2016
If you think mainstream racism is all a stunt in France, watch what happened to 2 women in Paris restaurant on Sat.: https://t.co/Es7oaH5rLh— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) August 28, 2016
The Committee Against Islamophobia in France has also provided their support to the women and promised to give them “emotional and legal support” after the “umpteenth Islamophobic incident which... led to the humiliation of two young Muslim women.”
The unnamed man has apologized to the protesters gathered outside his building and said “things got out of hands” because one of his friends had died at the Bataclan concert center terror attack last year, La Parisien stated.
Government Minister Laurence Rossignol said they had opened an investigation into the incident and described the owner’s behavior as “intolerable.”
This latest incident comes in a climate of religious tension especially after the recent terror attacks and burkini ban in the country. The ban, initiated by a number of towns, prohibits women from wearing full length swimwear by women on the beach, particularly Muslim women.
Last week, France’s highest court called the ban “clearly illegal” but right-wing politicians have vowed to keep the ban by passing bills at the central government level.
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