Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony. (Reuters)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

  • An Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony has been denied a French passport.
  • The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimiliated into the French community”.

Paris: France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday.
The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with a local politician.
The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimiliated into the French community” — one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.
The woman, who has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an “abuse of power.”
But the Council of State, the court of last appeal in such matters, ruled the government “had not improperly applied” the law.


Trump cancels US delegation trip to Davos over shutdown

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Trump cancels US delegation trip to Davos over shutdown

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the US delegation’s trip to the annual international conference at Davos, saying the officials were needed in Washington to tackle the shutdown of the federal government.
“Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,” said a statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had been due to head the five-strong delegation that also included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and assistant to the president Chris Liddell.
The decision to scrap the Davos trip came after Trump hit his chief Democratic opponent Nancy Pelosi with a last-minute cancelation of her plan to take an air force plane to Afghanistan, citing the four-week-old shutdown as a motive.
Some 800,000 federal employees and many more government contractors are affected by the partial shutdown, triggered by Trump’s refusal to sign off on funding for a host of departments.
This was in retaliation for the refusal of Democrats, who control the lower house of Congress, to approve his plans for a US-Mexico border wall.
Trump last week canceled his own participation in Davos, also citing the row over his proposed wall.