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Headscarf Woman Kept Out Of Bank (France)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-27-2003

Posted on 12/26/2003 6:43:05 PM PST by blam

Headscarf woman kept out of bank

(Filed: 27/12/2003)

The French bank Société Générale said yesterday one of its security guards had been "over-zealous" in turning away from a branch in Paris a Muslim woman who was wearing an Islamic headscarf.

The woman was stopped from entering on Monday after she refused to abide by a sign that required customers to take off "scarves, caps, helmets and all other head coverings and sunglasses", a measure taken against robbers trying to disguise themselves.

But the incident took on bigger proportions, with France in the throes of a fierce debate over whether to ban Islamic headscarves and other "conspicuous" religious items from schools and public offices.

Islamic groups around the world have decried the proposal, which was backed last week by President Jacques Chirac.

A bank spokesman said the entry requirement had been in force for several years, "but employees know how to distinguish between possible masked robbers and a client. The matter has been blown up because of the context."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bank; france; headscarf; out; woman

1 posted on 12/26/2003 6:43:05 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
I have a sneaking suspicion that the guard is probably p*ssed off with the Muslims, and decided to make his own contribution to the jihad.
2 posted on 12/26/2003 6:50:37 PM PST by expatpat
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To: blam
The French bank Société Générale said yesterday one of its security guards had been "over-zealous"

Overzealous? All the guy did was enforce the rules.

3 posted on 12/26/2003 6:52:38 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Overzealous? All the guy did was enforce the rules.

some headscarves are more equal than others.

4 posted on 12/26/2003 6:56:36 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: blam
Yes, France tried and tried to end the horrid genocidal tyranny in Iraq, the terrorist death threat to the world by the psychotic sand monkeys, but alas they were overcome! But at least they`ve licked their wounds, stood up, and seem to be making some headway into those vicious female scarf wearers!! Hail hail!!
5 posted on 12/26/2003 6:59:40 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Al Qaida and Saddam)
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To: metalboy
LOL! The French go to war with a woman in a head scarf. And lose.
6 posted on 12/27/2003 2:56:49 AM PST by Bonaparte
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