Two restaurant owners in the eastern city of Strasbourg filed complaints last week after alleging the courier cancelled delivery orders after learning they were for “Israeli food.”
One of the owners told the court that the man said “I don't deliver to Jews.”
“French law prohibits discrimination of any kind. You have to respect everyone in this country,” Judge Bertrand Gautier said at the trial.
He added that the courier, an Algerian who entered France on a tourist visa that has since expired, fraudulently used an associate's Deliveroo codes and had his proceeds transferred to the account of a third person.
The suspect was also ordered to leave the country after serving his sentence, a deportation confirmed in a tweet by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.
J’ai pris la décision de faire expulser du territoire national le « livreur » de repas qui, dans le Bas-Rhin, avait déclaré ne pas vouloir effectuer de livraisons auprès des clients juifs. Il a, par ailleurs, été condamné à 4 mois ferme.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) January 14, 2021
Speaking via an interpreter, the courier admitted to cancelling the orders but denied saying he would not deliver to Jews.
The Israelite Consistory of the Bas-Rhin department had also filed a complaint against Deliveroo, which vowed to take immediate action if the allegations were confirmed.
“We are relieved by the conclusion of this inquiry, which allowed the identification of the person who carried out these hateful acts, thanks to close cooperation between Deliveroo and the police,” Melvina Sarfati El Grably, the company's general manager for France, said in a statement.