Algerian woman denied French citizenship after refusing handshake at naturalisation ceremony
London, April 20, 2018 (AltAfrika)-An Algerian woman has been denied French citizenship because she refused to shake hands with French officials during her naturalisation ceremony.
France’s highest administrative court upheld the decision to rescind her citizenship on Thursday.
The woman, who has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an “abuse of power”, reports AFP
The woman argued that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with a local politician.
However, the Council of State, the court of last appeal in such matters, ruled the government “had not improperly applied” the law.