Paris Opera lays down rules over Muslim veils

The management at Paris Opera have issued a memo to staff not to allow entry to anyone whose face is covered. It comes after a Muslim woman was asked to leave a performance of La Traviata earlier this month after she was spotted wearing a niqab face veil.

A memo to staff, that was seen by Le Monde newspaper, instructs them that entry should be denied to anyone whose face is hidden by “a veil, a mask or a hood”.

It was signed by Deputy Director Jean-Philippe Thiellay the day after a Muslim woman from the Gulf region, who was sitting on the front row, was spotted by actors wearing a full face veil, at a performance of La Traviata.

After they reportedly threatened not to sing unless something was done, staff approached the woman asking her to leave if she refused to take off her veil.

In the end she and her husband decided to leave the show of their own accord.

Opera management admitted they are unsure how the woman was able to gain entry to the auditorium without being approached by staff…

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