The Brigitte Bardot Foundation Prevents Ritual Sacrifice Training

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation impeded a training meeting that was to take place in Grenoble to explain the proper ritual sacrifice of lamb for Eid al-Adha. According to the foundation, such meeting encouraged “secretive slaughters,” and the Minister of the Interior Michèle Alliot-Marie intervened so that the municipality would not allow the group to meet in a public space. The Association of Information and the Defense of Muslim Consumers (Asidcom or l’Association de sensibilisation d’information et de défense du consommateur musulman), helped organize the initial meeting, and claim that in 2007, 130,000 lambs were legally slaughtered and 70,000 clandestinely for Eid, celebrated in December.

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Libération Lyon

French Court Announces that Lie About Virginity Should Not Annul Marriage

French state prosecutors argued on Monday that a court decision to annul a Muslim couple’s marriage because the woman lied about her virginity is discriminatory against women and should be overturned. A court in Douai annulled the 2006 marriage in April 2008 because the husband discovered on their wedding night that the wife had lied about her virginity. The lower court based its decision on an article of the French Civil Code that states that a spouse can seek an annulment if the partner has misrepresented his or her “essential qualities.” The decision made no reference to Islam.
Eric Vaillant, a spokesperson for the Douai appeals court has responded that making a woman’s virginity a condition of marriage “would be discriminatory because it would harm the principles of equality between men and women.” State prosecutors said they were not against allowing the split if it were possible to replace the “discriminatory motive” of loss of virginity with a more general one, such as mistaken identity. A verdict in the appeals case is expected on 17 November 2008.

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The National Post

Vandalism in a Muslim Prayer Room in the Rhone Valley

A small fire in the mosque’s washroom as well as Nazi inscriptions were among the vandalism found in a Muslim prayer room in Meyzieu in the Rhone region of France. The mayor of Meyzieu, Michel Forissier, told the press that these degradations should not impede the official inauguration of the prayer hall at the beginning of Ramadan. Forissier added that there was no official opposition to the building of the 300 m2 mosque in the commune.

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Liberation

LibeLyon

Muslim Athletes Disadvantaged in 2012 Olympic Games in London

The 2012 Olympic Games in London will coincide with the month of Ramadan, and therein disadvantage fasting Muslim athletes, says this article in Islam Pluriel. Approximately one quarter of the 11 099 athletes in the 2004 Games in Athens came from Muslim-majority countries. Massoud Shadjareh, president of the Islam Association of Human Rights based in London stated that the games would not have been organized during Christmas celebrations, so to have them during Ramadan demonstrates a lack of sensitivity.

Young Man Questioned and Imprisoned Regarding Racist Aggression

An 18 year-old man has been charged with “voluntary violence” related to a physical assault of a French Muslim with took place on the 24th of July in Guyancourt (Yvelines). The man has denied the charges.

According to the victim, Nouredine Rachedi, 30, 2 men requested cigarettes from him and when he responded negatively, they asked whether he was Muslim and what he thought about Yugoslavia. Rachedi claims that when he told the two that he was born in France and a Muslim, that they responded, “We are Nazis!”

The CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France or the Committee Representing the Jewish Institutions of France) publicly denounced aggression and all forms of racism, whether they focus upon « Muslims, Jews, Blacks or whomever. »

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Libération

CRIF Press Release

Man Who Hit his Wife who Removed her Headscarf Sentenced to Six Months of Prison

A Marseille man who punched his wife in the face, fracturing her nose, because she removed her headscarf because of the heat was condemned to at least six months in prison. The couple, who live in Lille, France and were married in November 2007, were on holiday in Marseille. The 24 year-old French female victim stated, “I can’t handle the heat. I had my headscarf but I wasn’t covering my neck.” She claims to have explained to her husband that in Islam, a husband cannot tell his wife what to do.

According to Le Figaro, 2007 saw an increase of 31% over 2004 of reported domestic violence in the country.

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