France has kicked out an Algerian horseman from Deliveroo who was convicted of anti-Semitic discrimination for refusing to carry orders of kosher food to Jewish customers.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the courier, who was living illegally in France, was “kicked out of the country” on Saturday after serving his four-month prison sentence.
The Strasbourg Criminal Court in January convicted Cavalier Deliveroo, identified as 19-year-old Dhia Edine D. by local media, for refusing to deliver food prepared by a Strasbourg kosher restaurant to Jewish customers.
The restaurant owner had filed a discrimination complaint with the police after the driver refused to handle their food. Following his arrest, the courier was recognized as having lived illegally in France.
France expelled an Algerian horseman from Deliveroo who was found guilty of anti-Semitic discrimination for refusing to carry orders of kosher food to Jewish customers (stock image)
“As I promised, the delivery man who said he didn’t want to serve Jewish customers was kicked out of the country today after serving his prison sentence,” Darmanin said on Saturday.
“Anti-Semitic hatred has no place in France”.
At the time of the restaurateur’s complaint in January, a regional Jewish institution, the Israelite Consistory of the Bas-Rhin region, said another kosher restaurant had reported that drivers working for Deliveroo were not delivering to Jewish customers.
The presbytery said the group and the restaurants had filed a complaint, denouncing what it called “openly anti-Semitic discrimination.” Only one delivery man – Dhia Edine D. – was involved in the lawsuit.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (photo) said the courier, who was living illegally in France, was “expelled from the country” on Saturday after serving his four-month prison sentence.
Mr Darmanin said at the time that the Algerian courier would be deported after serving his prison sentence.
“I decided to expel the food ‘delivery man’ from the national territory … who said he did not want to deal with deliveries to Jewish customers,” Darmanin wrote.
The Strasbourg prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation for “discrimination based on ethnic origin in the context of the provision of a service”, according to an assistant prosecutor.
Deliveroo spokesman Damien Steffan told local television station France Bleu in January that the company believed that “anti-Semitic acts, like all racist or discriminatory acts of any kind, are unacceptable.”
Deliveroo has around 14,000 drivers in France and has seen its business expand considerably during the coronavirus pandemic.
The case caught the attention of the national government amid longstanding efforts to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
The French Minister of Citizenship, Marlene Schiappa, met the management of Deliveroo France in January.