France denied woman’s citizenship who refused to handshake

Paris: France’s highest administrative court has upheld a decision to deny a French passport to an Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, according to a ruling seen by AFP Thursday.

The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with the local politician.

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The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimilated into the French community” — one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.

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