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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

NY Times: 72 Muslim Workers Barred From Paris Airport

The French authorities charged with assessing security risks at Charles de Gaulle airport have stripped 72 Muslim workers of their access badges because they had traveled to Pakistan or Afghanistan, or were suspected of having links to extremists, according to a government official who oversees the airport....

Muslim organizations and human rights groups have accused the authorities of waging an anti-Muslim campaign in a presidential election year, while some terrorism experts say the government risks being too slow in removing security threats. “We need an emergency procedure to revoke badges, provided that the intelligence that calls the security of an employee into question is serious,” said Alain Marsaud, a lawmaker and former antiterrorism chief.

But Eric Moutet, a lawyer for some of suspended workers, said “We have not seen any objective evidence against our clients. The only common denominator we see today is that they are all Muslim.” [Link]

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