Original translation by Oz-Rita
Archival photo of the lawyer and Professor Grégoire Lafarge while he was answering
media questions concerning one of his clients: the vice-president of the Front
National (Marine LePen’s party), Florian Philippot.
MONAY 19 January 2015
A French lawyer and Professor, Gregoire Lafarge, created quite a commotion (in class and online) – this Friday, when he took on one of his students during a course of ethics.
Le Figaro (Respected French centre-right Daily) quotes one of the students who witnessed the scene: “Arriving in the lecture hall, the professor looked at the veiled young girl intensively. He approached her, probably to ask her to take of her veil, but other students prevented him from ending his sentence. He reacted badly and left the lecture hall immediately. Before returning, apparently in anger, “he undressed in taking off his scarf, his jacket, his shirt. He shouted “my religion is naturism”. (Nudism)
The collegues of the targetted student also reacted, as reported in Le Figaro.
“The great majority” of students have defended and applauded the veiled girl who spoke in the hall following this unfortunate episode. “There were always veiled students, but this never created any incident” says [an other student]. She would have prefered that he would have advised her of his unease without it having caused a debate”. The young girls also expressed herself on facebook. “I respect those who find my outfits offensive, but I think that I have the right to be here” she commented, deploring the “proportions” which that incident had taken.
As the scene happened in a lectur hall filled to the gunnels and was even retransmitted via video conference to two additional halls, the reaction of Me. Lafarge has very quickly circulated in the halls of the establishment and on social media.
The director of the school refused to comment on the incident but noted that Me. Lafarge will not teach at this school any longer.
The responses on twitter and to the article, published by “Le Journal” were all against the professor, some quite insulting, and as the tone of the article seemed to blatantly take the side of the veiled student, I will translate the only answer positively for the professor.
The nick-name of the poster is “Joe Desouche” which denotes a native (as opposed to “migrant”) French man, he wrote: Joe Desouche It’s a typical scenario from the barbares to send their women to the barricades while they preach to us from their Koran.
Bravo to the Prof… in hoping that our profs emulate him to