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French mayor grilled for ‘counting’ Muslim kids in schools

Sarfraz Ali 02:27 PM | 6 May, 2015
French mayor grilled for ‘counting’ Muslim kids in schools
LANGUEDOC (Web Desk) - Robert Menard, the mayor of Beziers, has caused an uproar revealing his administration had compiled a list of school pupils’ names to see how many were Muslim. France’s laws prohibit authorities from keeping statistics on people’s religion or ethnicity.

Appearing on TV show Mots Croisés on Monday night, Menard claimed that Muslim school children amounted to 64.6 percent of the total, and that the administration had arrived at that figure by counting the names of the children class by class.

"Sorry to say this, but the town hall has, class by class, the names of the children. I know I don't have the right to do it. Sorry to say it, but the first names tell us their religion. To say otherwise is to deny the evidence," he said on France 2 television.

But the town hall of Beziers denied Tuesday that there were any lists of children’s names or that anyone had tried to identify which ones were Muslim.

Menard’s comments drew fierce criticism from across French society. Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted: “shame on the mayor.”

“The republic does not make any distinction between its children,” he added.

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Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has called for a judicial investigation into Menard’s comments.

Abdallah Zekri, the head of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, said he was “scandalised, sickened by these comments.”

“Moreover, you can be called Mohammed without being a practicing Muslim,” he said.

A comment piece in the French daily Le Monde noted that what the mayor did is prohibited under French law under article 226-19 of the Penal Code and is punishable by up to five years in prison or a 300,000 euro fine.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...

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Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.9 274.85
Euro EUR 294.7 297.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331 334.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.3 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.2 73.9
Australian Dollar AUD 191.3 193.7
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.35 740.35
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207.2
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
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Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.16
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
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Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
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Swiss Franc CHF 298.06 300.56
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