Thursday, June 5, 2008
Rachida Dati, the French Justice minister whose parents were born in North Africa.
An outcry over the annulment of a Muslim marriage after the wife lied about her virginity has prompted the French justice ministry to ask for an appeal against the ruling.
The decision by a court in Lille has raised concerns that the country's secular values are losing ground to cultural traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities.
The case involved an engineer in his 30s, named as Mr X born in Morroc, and a student nurse in her 20s, Ms X, who married in 2006.
The wedding party was still celebrating when the groom came downstairs to complain that his bride could not produce the customary evidence of a blood-stained sheet..(...)
The court ruled that Ms Y misrepresented herself as "single and chaste" and that, in this particular marriage, virginity was an "essential quality"...(...)
No protests by the OIC.