Jewish restaurant in France files racism complaint against Deliveroo after couriers refused orders

Two Jewish restaurant owners in eastern France have filed a racism complaint against Deliveroo after at least one of its couriers refused to deliver their meals, police and judicial sources told AFP on Monday.

Jewish restaurant in France files racism complaint against Deliveroo after couriers refused orders
Two restaurant owners in Strasbourg have filed the complaint. Photo: AFP

Prosecutors in the eastern city of Strasbourg confirmed that “an investigation is underway to identify the suspects” after the restaurant owners filed complaints last Thursday, according to a police source.

Their lawyer, Raphael Nisand, told AFP that “the owners recount basically the same scenario: they prepare an order and the courier asks, 'What kind of food is this?' The owner says it's Israeli food.”

“Then the courier says, 'Oh no, I don't deliver to Jews' and cancels the delivery,” Nisand said.

He added that on Sunday he also filed complaints against the couriers as well as Deliveroo on behalf of the Israelite Consistory of the Bas-Rhin department.

“The Bas-Rhin Israelite Consistory considers it unacceptable that deliverers working for Deliveroo openly practice anti-Semitic discrimination,” its president Maurice Dahan said in a statement.

Contacted by AFP, Deliveroo said it had reached out to the two restaurant owners.

“We are taking this incident very seriously and immediately opened an internal inquiry,” the Britain-based firm said in a statement, adding that if the allegations are confirmed, any couriers involved would be fired.

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  1. Unfortunately not really “aquitaineguy” but one learns to live with it and moves on because life is far too short.

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Top French central banker in corruption probe

French prosecutors said Friday that they had opened a corruption investigation into top central banker Sylvie Goulard, who simultaneously stepped down from the Bank of France.

Top French central banker in corruption probe

The probe covers suspicions of accepting bribes, influence peddling, illegal conflicts of interest and breach of trust, the national financial prosecutor’s office said, confirming a report from daily Liberation.

Graft-fighting group Anticor triggered the probe by filing a criminal report in June, with the investigation launched in September.

In a statement, the Bank of France said Goulard – a former MEP and briefly defence minister under President Emmanuel Macron in 2017 – would be leaving her post as one of the institution’s deputy governors on December 5.

Returning to the foreign ministry?

She wished to “return to the foreign ministry” where she started her civil service career, the bank said.

A source close to Goulard told AFP that her departure had “nothing to do with the investigation”.

“Neither Sylvie Goulard nor her lawyer were informed that the investigation had been reopened,” the source said.

A previous probe in 2019 was closed the following year after no crime was found, case files seen by AFP showed.

Anticor questioned in its complaint the work Goulard performed for the California-based Berggruen Institute think-tank.

She has acknowledged accepting 10,000 euros ($10,530 at current rates) per month working as a “special adviser” to the Council for the Future of Europe, an offshoot of Berggruen, between 2013 and 2016.

Goulard’s explanation

Goulard, who was also an MEP at the time, said her work had “no relation of any kind with the business activities” of the group’s founder, German-American billionaire Nicolas Berggruen.

She said her role included “reflection, moderating groups, organizing meetings”.

Her lawyer declined to respond Friday when contacted by AFP.

The Berggruen Institute denied in 2019 that Goulard had been given a fake job, highlighting that she organised meetings in Brussels, Paris and Madrid.

Goulard has also been charged in a probe into suspected fake jobs among assistants to MEPs from the Democratic Movement, a small centrist party that supports Macron.