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France: a Moroccan tourist sheltering in Paris is spat on

AA / Tunisia / Fatma Ben Amor

A veiled Moroccan tourist on vacation in Paris was spat out by jogging. Condemning the attack, which was racist, Islamophobic and misogynistic, Fatima Said filed a complaint with the central Paris police station.

The incident happened on Wednesday, April 17. Fatima Said, a Moroccan influencer living in Madrid, walks with a friend near the Eiffel Tower. Both wear hijab.

“A man ran up and spat at me, at first I didn’t understand, I didn’t believe it, and my friend said to me: “Oh, it’s nothing, it’s normal, I’m used to it,” Fatima confides to Le Parisien.

A 22-year-old Moroccan woman picks up the phone and grabs a man running behind her. When he catches up with her and calls her, she gives him a finger and spits again. The series filmed and published by Fatima on her Instagram account has gone viral.

“The most surprising thing is how careless he was, as if he did it so often,” lamented Fatima Said, who spoke in English.

“I don’t think it’s just racism or Islamophobia or anything. It’s also misogyny,” she says, saying she’s “concerned” about other girls who have “Muslims”.

On Friday, Emmanuel GrĂ©goire, the first deputy of the Paris mayor’s office, condemned “this gesture, which represents an attack on both the Muslim religion and women.”

Source: AA

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