Firestorm in France after restaurant refuses service to veiled Muslim women

A restaurant owner in Paris faces an investigation after refusing service to two Muslim women and claiming "All Muslims are terrorists."

August 29, 2016 11:41
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Women look at headgear of Muslim women inside an exhibition hall s at Le Bourget. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The tensions in France regarding Muslims reached a new high after a restaurant owner in Paris refused to serve two veiled Muslim women and forced them out of the premises on Saturday.

The incident, filmed and shared on social media, caused outrage after the man told the women : "Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists."

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The incident occurred at the restaurant Le Cenacle in the suburb Tremblay-en-France Saturday night, according to a BBC report.

The video shows one of the women telling the owner "We don't want to be served by racists."

The man responded by saying that "Racists don't kill people." He further said "I don't want people like you at my place. Full stop."

According to the Telegraph, the man apologized for his actions after his establishment received calls to boycott by several media sites.

The owner said that the situation escalated due to the current tensions regarding the burkini in Europe, but also said that a friend had died at the Bataclan attack in November.

An investigation had opened into racial discrimination following the incident, according to the BBC.

The full-body burkini swimsuits were banned on Friday by the French administrative court that has outraged Muslims. The decision followed a heated debate in France and exposed France's secular response to Islamic attacks in Nice and Normandy in July.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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