Because in Saudi Arabia, you must respect Islamic culture. Very well — and then in France, must Muslims respect French culture and mores? Why, by no means! In France, non-Muslims must respect Islamic culture! Get the picture?
From AP (thanks to all who sent this in):
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia “” A senior Saudi official urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday to respect Saudi Arabia’s conservative Islamic culture by visiting the country without his girlfriend, former supermodel Carla Bruni.
Sarkozy, who divorced his wife Cecilia in October, has flaunted his relationship with Bruni on recent holidays in Egypt and Jordan, drawing criticism that he is being too loose with the presidential image.
The Saudi diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Sarkozy should leave Bruni behind for “religious reasons” when he visits the kingdom on Sunday.
Under the strict interpretation of Islamic law enforced in Saudi Arabia, unmarried or unrelated couples are not permitted to be alone together. Westerners are expected to abide by the rules in public, and many hotels will not check unmarried Western couples into a single room.