Paris restaurant L'Avenue accused of 'anti-Arab discrimination'
Parisian restaurant L'Avenue has been accused of 'anti-Arab discrimination' where Middle Eastern tourists from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were told that the restaurant was fully booked.
Buzzfeed reports that L'Avenue, a brasserie near the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, had "put in place a veritable system of discrimination", by turning down reservations from diners with Arabic-sounding names.
AFP reports an ex-employee as saying: "If a veiled woman showed up to the restaurant, they had to be told that the restaurant was full, even if it was not", it also alleges that the former waitresses said the system was still in place.
The report also backs up the allegations with printed screenshots of text messages between staff that supported the claims along with a list of telephone country codes kept at the front desk, to identify citizens of the Gulf countries.