There are echoes in this story of obstacles faced by women seeking access to health care in places like Afghanistan. But France is not Afghanistan, and Nassim Mimoune was sentenced to six months in jail. As the judge told him, the laws of the republic are not secondary to his demands.
In his mind, the well-being of his wife was also clearly secondary to keeping her covered. “French Muslim jailed for punching nurse who tried to remove wife’s burqa during childbirth,” by Ian Sparks for the Daily Mail, December 22:
A Muslim man who punched a nurse for trying to remove his wife’s burqa during childbirth has been jailed in France.
Nassim Mimoune, 24, had already been expelled from the delivery room for branding the midwife a ‘rapist’ as she carried out an intimate examination of his wife.
Then through a window he spotted the nurse taking off his wife’s burqa as she prepared to give birth.
He smashed open the locked door and hit the woman in the face, demanding she replace the full Islamic face veil.
As his wife delivered a baby boy, Mimoune was ejected from the building by security men from the hospital in Marseille and arrested for assault.
A judge in the southern French port jailed Mimoune for six months on Wednesday, telling him: ‘Your religious values are not superior to the laws of the republic.’