France investigates delivery man accused of anti-Semitism

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PARIS (AP) – French prosecutors are investigating complaints by Jewish groups in the eastern city of Strasbourg that one or more delivery drivers refused to take orders for kosher food.

The Israelite Consistory of the Bas-Rhin region said two kosher restaurants reported that drivers working for the Deliveroo delivery service refused to deliver their food because they did not want to deliver to Jews.

The group and the restaurants filed a complaint, the presbytery said Tuesday, denouncing what it called “openly anti-Semitic discrimination.”

The Strasbourg prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into possible accusations of “discrimination based on ethnic origin in the provision of a service,” according to an assistant prosecutor.

Deliveroo spokesperson Damien Steffan told local television station France Bleu that the company was investigating internally and that “anti-Semitic acts, like all racist or discriminatory acts of any kind, are unacceptable.” The company has around 14,000 drivers in France and has seen its business grow significantly amid coronavirus lockouts.

The case caught the attention of the national government amid long-standing efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other acts of hate. The French Minister of Citizenship, Marlene Schiappa, meets the management of Deliveroo France on Tuesday.

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