Actress 'banned Muslim handymen' over chihuahua worries
72-year-old Laforêt, who first found fame as an actress in the 1960s, placed an ad on an internet site looking for someone to carry out some work on her terrace in 2009, reported daily newspaper Le Parisien on Thursday.
She specified in the ad that "people with allergies or orthodox Muslims" should not apply "due to a small chihuahua."
Laforêt claimed that she made the stipulation because she believed the Muslim faith saw dogs as unclean.
She is correct, as opposed to the Muslim spokesman at the end of the article.
The case was taken up by anti-discrimination organization Mrap, which lodged a complaint against the internet site which ran the ad.
"To think that Marie Laforêt is racist is just stupid," said her lawyer, David Koubbi, according to the newspaper. He said the words in the advertisement were only a "warning."
Koubbi added that the star "has always shown her interest and admiration for the Muslim faith."
"She knew that the presence of a religion could conflict with the religious convictions of orthodox Muslims. It was a sign of respect."
Experts in the Muslim faith were quoted as rejecting the defence.
"Dogs are not considered unclean and it's false to suggest otherwise," said one quoted by the newspaper.
Blatant lies and they know it.
"Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come) and later on he said, 'We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a picture or a dog.'" -- Sahih Bukhari 4.54.50
"Abdullah (b. Umar) (Allah be pleased with them) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of dogs and we would send (men) in Medina and its corners and we did not spare any dog that we did not kill, so much so that we killed the dog that accompanied the wet she-camel belonging to the people of the desert." -- Sahih Muslim 10.3811
He also clearly considered them unclean, as indicated by the washing instructions here: "Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time." -- Sahih Muslim 551 (Thanks to Jihad Watch)