Algerian Muslima Refuses to Shake Men’s Hands; Is Denied French Citizenship


An Algerian woman whose Muslim faith drove her to refuse to shake the hand of a male official at her French naturalization ceremony was then denied citizenship by a top court.

The court said the woman’s decision showed she didn’t want to assimilate.

Back in 2009, a Muslim woman was denied citizenship for wearing a veil:

But that hardly ever happens. While this current court ruling may seem common sense and come as a bit of relief to those upset by the mass migration that’s hit Europe in recent years, fact is: It’s just a finger in the dam.

It’s just one Muslima denied entry out of thousands of Muslims who have been welcomed across the border with similar, non-assimilation goals in mind.

The BBC has more:

A French appeals court has upheld a ruling denying an Algerian woman citizenship after she refused to shake the hand of a senior official.

The woman, who has not been named, said her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking the hand of the male official in the citizenship ceremony.

A government ruling said it showed she was “not assimilated into the French community” and denied her citizenship.

She appealed, but France’s highest administrative court upheld the ruling.

The Algerian woman has been married to a French man since 2010.

At her 2016 citizenship ceremony in the south-eastern Isère region, around Grenoble, she refused to shake hands with the presiding senior official or a local politician.

In Islamic teaching, handshakes between unrelated men and women are usually prohibited.

The government then denied her naturalisation, saying she was “not assimilated” for avoiding the symbolic ritual.

This is one of the reasons the state can deny citizenship to the spouse of a national under the country’s civil code.

The Algerian woman called the decision an “abuse of power”, but the Council of State has upheld the ruling.

France’s court of last appeal said the government has not “improperly applied” the law.

In 2016, a Swiss regional authority ruled that two Muslim pupils at a Swiss school had to shake hands with their female teacher, or face a fine.

Their previous exemption from the tradition had caused outrage in the country.


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