A video has emerged of a Paris restaurant owner chasing two Muslim women with headscarves out of his premises, calling them “terrorists.”
The footage, filmed by a customer at the posh Le Cenacle restaurant in the Paris suburb of Tremblay-en-France and widely shared on social media, shows the man ranting at the women.
“Terrorists are Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists… This is a secular country and I have a right to an opinion… I don’t want people like you here. Full stop,” the man shouts.
The women in turn say they “do not wish to be served by a racist,” to which the man shouts, “Now get out” as the women leave crying.
The video has sparked outrage and widespread calls for protests across France. Members of the local Muslim community gathered outside the restaurant at the weekend to protest the incident.
The Committee Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) offered legal and psychological support to the two young women and denounced the incident as “Islamophobic” which “led to the humiliation of two young Muslim women.”
According to the French daily Le Parisien, police have launched an investigation into the case.
The man has apologized for his behavior. He said he had “got out of hand” because he had a friend who had died at the Bataclan concert center attack last November.
Nearly 120 people were killed on November 13, 2015 after being held hostage by gunmen at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Scores of people were reportedly killed in other attacks across Paris, for which the Daesh Takfiri group claimed responsibility.
The Takfiri ideology has its roots in Saudi Arabia, which is a key ally of the US and Europe in the Middle East, where the extremist creed is widely preached and tolerated by the kingdom’s rulers.