Paris (Web Desk): French court authorities have announced a verdict to deny citizenship to an Algerian Muslim woman who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony, international media reported.
According to details, the female argued that her religious beliefs did not permit her shaking hands with a senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016.
The French government claimed that her behaviour showed she was "not assimilated into the French community", one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.
The woman has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an "abuse of power".
But the State Council, the court of the last appeal in such matters, ruled the government "had not improperly applied" the law.