A Paris restaurant is taking a ton of heat after refusing to serve two women in hijabs. A video shot from their table (covertly, it seems) shows them in a tense exchange on Saturday with a man identified as Le Cénacle’s chef-owner Jean-Baptiste Devreux. “Terrorists are Muslims, and all Muslims are terrorists,” he casually informs his hijab-wearing customers, then adds: “This is a secular country and I have a right to an opinion. I don’t want people like you here. Full stop.” When one of the women protests, “We don’t want to be served by racists,” Devroux retorts, “Racists don’t kill people.” He then kicks them out.
A journalist from Le Parisien documented the messy exchange that later followed outside the Michelin-recommended restaurant, when members of the local Muslim community gathered to confront Devreux:
France’s anti-racism body says it’s investigating the chef for “suspicion of enacting ‘racial discrimination.’” The chef has since told the media: “I spoke out of turn and I apologize. I have a friend who died in the Bataclan attacks and wrongly mixed everything up. I do not truly believe the things I said.”