Discrimination case: man deemed “too Muslim” to be a police officer

Police internal documents were recently released from an internal competition for police offers after a complaint of racial discrimination was filed in Yvelines. In September 2007 a corporal of Moroccan-origin, who had served in the police for 8 years, had passed a competition for promotion and went before a 7-person jury. This jury asked the candidate questions about his Muslim practices and Moroccan background, questioning for instance, whether his wife wore a headscarf. The man has a perfect record. The Minister of the Interior, Michèle Alliot-Marie, reminded reporters that the police service in France strives to be as equitable as possible and that there are currently a number of police officers of different faiths and backgrounds.

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