Muslim Couple in Lille Upset with Appeal on their Marriage Annulment

A French couple who accepted a court annulment of their marriage when the woman admitted she was not a virgin on their wedding day are upset with the state’s appeal of their case. Led by Rachida Dati, the Justice Ministry has requested that state prosecutors file an appeal against the ruling annulling the marriage of the Muslim couple in Lille. While the verdict was given in April, public furor over the case has emerged only in the last two weeks when the groom complained his bride was not a virgin, as she had promised prior to their marriage. The April ruling did not mention the couple’s religious beliefs. Dati was booed in the parliament last week for insisting that while the annulment should go before an appeal court that the ruling was legally sound.