Muslim engineer banned from French nuclear plants

A Muslim engineer was banned from entering French nuclear power stations where he was working without explanation, his lawyer claimed this week. The 29-year-old engineer’s pass for the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Muslim engineer was banned from entering French nuclear power stations where he was working without explanation, his lawyer claimed this week.

The 29-year-old engineer’s pass for the Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant, roughly 70 miles south east of Paris, was removed without explanation in March 2014.

Despite the ban being overturned once in court, he was stopped from entering another nuclear plant in July. He is challenging this, reported news site France 24.

Lawyer Sefen Guez Guez, told the French news group: “My client worked freely in French nuclear power stations for three years.

“The question now is what changed? Overnight, he became a suspect person and no one has any idea why. That’s what we’re trying to get to the bottom of.”

The lawyer, who works with France’s Anti-Islamophobia Collective (CCIF), suggested his client’s religious persuasion “cannot be ruled out” in light of the “current atmosphere in France”.

EDF said it could not comment because of legal proceedings.