Late last month reports emerged regarding a woman in Paris forced to leave a theatre after the cast refused to perform in protest against her attire. She had a veil across her face.
The incident occurred weeks ago but was reported by local press at the end of October. Now, I’m not one to impose theatre wear, but for those who are, I didn’t realise attire had the ability to halt a performance. The woman concerned was forced to leave a theatre performance because of a thin piece of fabric and the offence it caused to performers on a stage.
With the sigh of relief that I experience that this wasn’t in Britain, I feel ashamed for any Franc aware of what happened, but then I also feel ashamed for the laws that allow and encourage such gestures to take place. I mean it’s not as though it was security — that may have been doing their job in enforcing a certain aspect of dodgy law — but a group of creatives’ seemingly present to please their audience. The niqab is illegal in France, I know this. But this racist, anti-Islamic, bigoted piece of legislation is what allows such abhorrent acts of intolerance to materialise.