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Sacked fasting workers re-hired for French summer camp


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Sacked fasting workers re-hired for French summer camp

Four French workers are to be reinstated after they were sacked for religious fasting while working at a summer camp.

The monitors, employed for a holiday centre in south-west France, were told that not eating and drinking during Ramadan could diminish their ability to do their job.

Officials said their decision to fast may have breached their work contracts.

The Mayor of the northwestern Paris suburb that hired the four said their sacking was not about discrimination. He described an incident two years ago where a child was seriously injured when a car, driven by a woman who was fasting, was involved in an accident.

Summer camp workers’ contracts were changed following the crash.

Now officials in Gennevilliers have said they will drop the clause after an uproar from France’s Muslim community.

The four said they were considering legal action.

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