A Paris hospital’s decision to reject an Egyptian Muslim trainee doctor because of his beard has been backed by a court, which agreed that patients might have seen it as a scary religious symbol. Public hospitals, like other state institutions, must remain secular under France law, and staff are banned from wearing obvious religious symbols such as Islamic supremacist headbags.
UK Telegraph Nawel Gafsia, a lawyer acting for the doctor, named only as Mohamed A., argued unsuccessfully that the 2-inch beard did not necessarily indicate his religious practices. “My client could have been a hipster,” Ms Gafsia said.
However, the 35-year-old doctor himself “did not deny that his physical appearance was likely to indicate conspicuously a religious conviction,” according to a written judgement by the Versailles appeals court.
In October, hospital managers told him to trim his beard “so that it could not be seen by staff and users of the public service as an obvious sign of an Islamic religious affiliation incompatible with the principles of secularity and neutrality of the public service,” according to court documents.
They repeated the request two weeks later and terminated his training course in February after he failed to comply. Ms Gafsia, who was asked to take the case by a Muslim anti-discrimination group, the Collective Against Islamophobia in France.
“It was the personal judgement of the director of Saint-Louis Hospital that posed a problem,” she said, adding that her client would lodge an appeal with France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State.
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