Female bartender beaten in France for serving alcohol during Ramadan
A young female bartender has been reportedly beaten at a bar in Nice, France, due to the fact that she was serving alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
“I was all alone in the bar when two passersby stormed in. They pointed at the alcohol bottles at the counter, and one of them told me in Arabic, ‘You should be ashamed of serving alcohol during Ramadan,” the woman, a Muslim, told the French Nouvel Obs newspaper.
One of the Muslims then threatened her, saying, “If I was God, I would have you hanged.”
They left, but one of them came back soon afterwards and beat the woman, hitting her on the face and knocking her to the ground.
The assault was caught on a CCTV camera and reported to police.
The victim was left with bruises, and in complete shock.
“Serving alcohol doesn’t mean I’m not following my [religious] duties. I’m doing it because I am a bartender. In Tunisia, I do the same job and I never had any problems,” she said.
“I can’t believe that in France, the country of liberty, that I could be attacked like this,” the bartender said.
The Muslims who attacked her have been identified, but so far haven’t been arrested.
It is not the first incident of such an assault in Nice. Two years ago, a bakery was vandalized after its owner was considered a “bad Muslim” for selling food containing pork.