DISCRIMINATION In a video, filmed at the time by the son, the restaurateur had spoken of “prehistory” when referring to the complainant's outfit
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A fine of 600 euros was imposed. required on Tuesday, at against a restaurateur from Hendaye (Pyr&nées-Atlantiques) who had refused to the entrance to his restaurant at; a veiled woman on May 29.
Tried before the Bayonne court for “discrimination based on religion”, this 64-year-old woman, born in Spain but of Spanish nationality, Frenchwoman, had demanded of a client, accompanied by her son on Mother’s Day, to take off her veil to enter her restaurant. In a video, filmed at the time of the events by the son, the sexagenarian speaks of “prehistory”, referring to the outfit of the complainant.
“”We felt like sub-citizens”
“When I talk about prehistory, I”s talk about fascism, which I experienced with Franco in Spain,” to explain to the bar the restorer. “I felt very humiliated, she hurt me a lot, now I always have that fear when I go to a restaurant,” on his side the repressed client. “We felt like under-citizens,” said his son.
This case, “we make it a matter of principle because it” is this type of behavior that harms living together,” their lawyer, Me Christophe Arcaute. The restaurateur's lawyer, Me Jacques Tournaire, pleaded; the relaxation for his client, arguing of “acceptance of entry to the restaurant under conditions” know how to take off a veil, and “not a pure and simple refusal”.
” be. If Madame had presented his apologies, we wouldn’t be there,” parquet.