World Bulletin / News Desk
A pregnant Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was violently attacked in the French town of Toulouse by an individual, who accused her of wearing a "hijab" to hide her hair.
According to her account, the attacker pulled on her veil, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground, where he hit her several times in a street of the Rose Garden, in the north-east of Toulouse.
The young women, in her thirties, lodged a complaint of racist abuse a day after the attack on 24 March. Investigators of the body of departmental security have interviewed the mother at the clinic she is recovering in.
"There is no reason to doubt her word," said a police source, referring to the possibility of the establishment of a sketch of the assailant who fled.
In a statement, the Socialist deputy of Haute-Garonne, Christophe Borgel, said "there was no doubt" about "the racist and anti-Muslim character of this aggression".
"The [French] Republic does not tolerate any racist attack, the [French] Republic will not tolerate any aggression because of the religion of one of its citizens," Borgel wrote.
The spokesman of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith (CRCM) in the Midi-Pyrénées, Abdellatif Mellouki, said he had "deep concerns" about "an increase in Islamophobic acts.
In late February, an Odoxa poll revealed 77% of French people felt Islamophobia was progressing - while 68% said it was also the case for anti-Semitism.Last Mod: 27 Mart 2015, 09:36