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How an 'Islamic' bar became a French election scandal
by Adam Plowright
Amar Salhi is still amazed at how his scruffy bar north of Paris sparked an election scandal after it featured on national television in December during a report about Islam and women.
In footage shot with hidden cameras and broadcast during prime-time by state media giant France 2, two women activists were seen facing a hostile welcome as they tried to go for a drink in the Jockey Club.
"There's no mixing in this bar," one client was heard saying.
"You're not in Paris here... it's a different mentality, it's like the village back home (in north Africa)," said another.
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