Shock as waiter at posh Paris restaurant refuses to serve Muslim women
Muslim women in headscarves cry as they are thrown out of Paris restaurant by manager yelling vile abuse
The women, both in headscarves, caught the horrifying moment on their mobile phone camera just days after outrage was sparked by police forcing a woman to remove a burkini on a beach
This is the moment two women wearing headscarves were allegedly thrown out of a Paris restaurant by a member of staff who told them “Terrorists are Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists”.
Captured on a mobile phone it shows a man, thought to be a manager of the restaurant, confronting two women sitting at a table and telling them “I don’t want people like you in my place, I’ll make that clear”.
The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday night and follows a series of incidents in which grandmothers and mothers have been thrown off public beaches in France for wearing Islamic looking clothing .
Now a criminal enquiry has been launched into Saturday’s vicious attack at the restaurant in a northeast suburb of the French capital.
The women sat down at a table and were originally offered glasses of water, before the man appeared from the kitchen and said he did not want them there.
A video of the attack shows the man saying: ” Racists like me don’t kill good people. Racists like me.”
He adds: “Madam, terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists. Analyse my words, you’ll see that they’re right.”
The women remain calm, and distance France’s five million plus Muslim community from attacks in which men affiliated to terrorist organisations such as Islamic State have killed and maimed.
But the man continued: “I’m living in a secular country and this is my opinion.”
After the man shouted: “It seems like you didn’t understand. Now get out!” the by now crying women make phone calls and leave.
Another customer sitting nearby recorded the whole conversation on his phone, and it is now the subject of widespread public debate.
Laurence Rossignol, the Women’s Rights minister, said she had ordered a full enquiry by the Inter-ministerial Delegation into Racism and anti-Semitism (DILCRA).
Ms Rossignol called for sanctions against the ‘the unacceptable behavior of this restaurant owner.’
Police in nearby Villepinte meanwhile confirmed that their officers had attended the scene, and were also investigating.
Today the restaurateur – who has not been named – said he regretted what happened, but had got caught up in the fiery debate surrounding the so-called ‘burkini ban’.
On Friday, the controversial measure which prevents women wearing Islamic looking swimsuits, or any other dress that might be considered religious, was overturned by a Paris appeal court.
Paris restaurant ‘refuses to serve Muslim women’
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