Two families say they were roughed up by Muslim youths who took exception to the fact that the women and girls in their party were wearing shorts, The Telegraph is reporting.
Though the incident took place over a month ago, it is only now gaining attention in the international media.
Two families were taking a bike/roller blade ride through the southern French city of Toulon when they passed by the Cité des Oeillets, an estate (the European equivalent of what Americans would call low-income housing). There, the families say that a group of Muslim youths began hurling insults at the girls and women, saying such things as “dirty whore” and “get naked.”
Toulon: leurs compagnes portent un short, deux hommes agressés https://t.co/lQoWfiyVHd la bande, venue de la cité des Oeillets, des beurs??
— La Fusée Ariane (@Ariane56) September 7, 2016
One of the travelers, 18-year-old Maude Vallet, tried to reason with her assailants. She asked why they were calling her a “whore” for wearing shorts when it’s okay for men to walk around bare-chested. She said one of the youths replied, “Because you’re a woman and should respect yourself, you idiot.”
When the men in the group tried to intervene, according to Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchal, things got violent.
“The male partners had simply asked them to respect their women and that sparked the fight. The three men were violently beaten on the face in front of their children. This was provocation of a sexual nature with the intention of forcing a reaction out of the men present.”
One man was so severely beaten that he had to take several weeks off work. Another had an unspecified injury to his nose. The women suffered minor injuries, and the children, though uninjured, had to witness the adults in their party being beaten up by neighborhood youths.
One of the women, 18-year-old Maude Vallet, posted a picture on Facebook with the caption “Bonjour, je suis une salope,” or “Hello, I’m a b***h.”
“I’m angry tonight. We are in 2016 and I just got mugged because I wore shorts. Yes, shorts.”
Fortunately, security camera footage captured the assault, and two assailants, aged 19 and 17, have been arrested. Police are investigating with a view toward possibly capturing more of the alleged assailants.
Across Europe, and in France in particular, it seems like some Muslims insist on taking perceived transgressions against Islamic law into their own hands, European laws be damned. A month earlier, for example, an 18-year-old woman claimed that Muslim girls spat on her and hurled insults at her for wearing shorts.
And in June of this year, as reported by the Inquisitr, a female Muslim bartender working in the resort city of Nice was assaulted by two Muslim men for serving alcohol during Ramadan. One of the assailants slapped her across the face, knocking her to the ground.
“One of them said to me in Arabic: ‘You should be ashamed of yourself for serving alcohol during Ramadan,— if I was God I would hang you.’ [I replied] ‘You’re not God and you cannot judge me.'”
Incidents such as this have led some politicians to fear that Muslims are attempting to impose Islamic law in Europe. Right-wing French politician Eric Ciotti, for example, said following the attack on the waitress that such attacks signify a growing problem of Islamic fundamentalism in France.
“This attack should be placed in a national context that has seen a constant rise in religious fundamentalism and ghetto communities. Each attack like this strikes a severe blow against the values of the French Republic.”
Back in Toulon, following the attack, the townsfolk held a “march in shorts” in solidarity with the women and men who were assaulted by the Muslim youths.
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