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Outrage follows French court ruling

June 5, 2008

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— The bride said she was a virgin. When her new husband discovered that was a lie, he went to court to annul the marriage - and a French judge agreed.

The ruling ending the Muslim couple's union has stunned France and raised concerns the country's much-cherished secular values are losing ground to cultural traditions from its fast-growing immigrant communities.

The decision also exposed the silent shame borne by some Muslim women who transgress long-held customs demanding proof of virginity on the wedding night.

In its ruling, the court concluded the woman had misrepresented herself as a virgin and that, in this particular marriage, virginity was a prerequisite.

But in treating the case as a breach of contract, the ruling was decried by critics who said it undermined decades of progress in women's rights. Marriage, they said, was reduced to the status of a commercial transaction in which women could be discarded by husbands claiming to have discovered hidden defects in them.

The court decision "is a real fatwa against the emancipation and liberty of women. We are returning to the past," said Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara, the daughter of immigrants from Muslim North Africa, using the Arabic term for a religious decree.

The outcry has been unrelenting since word of the April 1 decision in the closed-door trial in Lille was made public last week by the daily newspaper Liberation. In its judgment, the tribunal said the 2006 marriage had been ended based on "an error in the essential qualities" of the bride, "who had presented herself as single and chaste."

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 1 month ago

"...the country's much-cherished secular values..."What the heck is a secular "value"? When a society or a person has no standard upon which to base values, morals or mores, the "values" they adopt are inconsistent and fragile. Indeed, they are vascilating and truly without value.

staff04 7 years, 1 month ago

Oh jeez...where to start with STRS' comment...

BrianR 7 years, 1 month ago

staff04 (Anonymous) says: "Oh jeez:where to start with STRS' comment:"How about the part where absolutely nothing in it is remotely true.

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm waiting for a thoughtful response or even some biting wit....

oldvet 7 years, 1 month ago

Hey, if the guy wanted a virgin, he should have volunteered to be a suicide bomber...which reminds me of the guy who was really feeling down and thought he might even end his own life... so he called the suicide prevention hotline... not knowing that it had been outsourced to a company in Pakistan..."Can you help me" he asked, "I think I might be suicidal today.""Really!?" they replied, "Can you drive a truck?"

cato_the_elder 7 years, 1 month ago

Oldvet, you may have unwittingly created a fitting moniker for the Dems' new nominee: Instead of "suicide bomber," it's "Suicide Obamer." Get it copyrighted, quick.

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