Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Official Refuses to Marry Veiled Woman

An adjunct mayor in the Var refused to marry a couple because the bride was wearing a veil:


"Le foulard laissait voir son visage mais pas ses oreilles et la racine de ses cheveux", a-t-elle ajouté. Selon elle, l'adjointe au maire a estimé ne pas pouvoir vérifier l'identité de sa cliente. "On n'en fait pas une affaire d'Etat", a déclaré l'avocate, qui souligne que ses clients ne demandent pas de dommages-et-intérêts mais simplement "la célébration du mariage le plus vite possible". Elle avait déposé à la fin de la semaine dernière un référé d'heure à heure à l'encontre du préfet.
But what's unusual about a veiled bride? This was an "Islamic" veil, you say, not a good old-fashioned honest-to-God veil? Note that it wasn't a burka; the veil covered the bride's "ears" and "the roots of her hair." The official claimed that this made it impossible to verify her identity.

Scandalous.

3 comments:

MCG said...

Art, Wasn't there a law passed, I think in the last year, making wearing the burka illegal in public places? If so, how does the code distinguish between a foulard and a burka?

Art Goldhammer said...

Right, no burka in public places. But a burka is a full face covering, which this veil clearly was not. As I understand the law, there was no reason to prevent this woman from marrying with a veil (or, more accurately, a headscarf). So this probably will not stand. A minor official probably exceeded her authority. But let's wait and see what happens.

bernard said...

The Département du Var is the French answer to 1962 Mississipi and Barry Goldwater. What would be surprising would be that anyone but français de souche could marry there. Most local offcials are racist scum, quite simply.