Group of English and French women ‘have been refused Paris restaurant for wearing Islamic headscarves’, sparking protests outside after images go viral
- A group of women claimed to have been refused entry to Matignon in Paris
- The people in the restaurant were “racist” and the others should talk about it.
- Protesters gathered outside a day after the incident to demonstrate
Protesters demonstrated outside a restaurant in Paris after a group of English and French women were reportedly “turned down for wearing Islamic headscarves”.
A young French woman was out with a group of friends when she was refused entry to the Matignon restaurant, located near the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
She claimed that those in the restaurant were “racist” and that she had never experienced anything like it.
The woman claimed the venue told her group and another behind her with a reservation that they could not enter because of the shoes they were wearing.
The woman on the left posted the video online claiming her group were refused entry because her friend (right) was wearing a headscarf
The restaurant (pictured above) allegedly discriminated against women because of their headscarves
She disputed this as many of the women were well dressed, most of them wearing designer clothes like Gucci and Fendi.
However, a woman in the video was wearing Islamic head covering and this, the woman claimed, was the reason they were not allowed to enter.
The incident happened on February 27 and a day later groups showed up outside the restaurant to protest his decision.
A video posted online showed an outside group pinning banners outside the restaurant.
A day after the incident, the demonstrators were in front of the restaurant. They hit back at the owners because of the alleged discrimination
One of them, who was reportedly present, tweeted: The response to #Islamophobia at the #Matignon restaurant today. #nomethonte #racism.
According to CEN, the woman in the video claimed the restaurant had a “nice gang of racists”.
She said: “We were supposed to have dinner tonight at the Matignon, everything had to be fine, it’s not the first time we’ve been going. But today we have an ‘intruder’! ‘
The woman added that things had “gotten serious” in the city and that she needed to speak out, calling it an “act of racism” on behalf of the restaurant.
In 2011, France became the first European country to ban full face veils in public places. However, none of the women in the video appeared to have worn the full veil, with one wearing only a headscarf.
Local media claimed the woman’s allegations were “defamatory,” the restaurant reportedly claimed in an Instagram post that is no longer on their account. MailOnline contacted Matignon.
Another person also claimed to have been turned away from the restaurant while wearing a shirt and tie.
He said he was the only Frenchman of Arab origin in the group and claimed that it was because of this that he was refused entry.