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  Iyar 6, 5773 , 16/04/13

Allegations Muslims, Blacks Kept from Peres in France

A subsidiary of France's national railway SNCF has launched a probe into allegations that "blacks and Arabs" were excluded from a welcome committee for Israeli President Shimon Peres on his March 8th trip to Paris, a union said Monday, according to a Monday report by Agence France Pesse. The SUD-Rail union says SNCF asked Itiremia to put three porters at the disposal of the Israeli delegation when Peres arrived at the Gare du Nord station on March 8 from Brussels, but the firm deliberately sidelined Muslim employees.

Questioned by outraged workers, the site manager said the measure was taken for "security reasons", the union said, adding that he had acted under orders from SNCF, but the railway denied the allegations, saying it had received no requests from Peres's entourage nor from the French foreign ministry to assist with the Israeli delegation.

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