Peugeot car plant closed as Muslim workers took ‘too many prayer breaks’,...

Peugeot car plant closed as Muslim workers took ‘too many prayer breaks’, claims official

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The hardline centrist, who is also deputy mayor of Drancy, a suburb northeast of Paris, said that the carmaker’s Aulnay plant, which closed in 2013, had been forced to shut its doors because of “problems arising from never-ending religious demands by Muslim employees”.

He said: “The Aulnay site closed because Muslim employees were constantly taking unscheduled prayer breaks and had become unproductive. It’s the truth. A Peugeot official told me that it was one – but obviously not the only – of the reasons the plant was shut down.”

The shocking claims were made in French newspaper France Info.

Jean-Christophe LagardeClaims were made by Jean-Christophe Lagarde head of UDI and deputy mayor of Drancy

Mr Lagarde added that he wasn’t trying to “irk” Muslims and spark a controversial debate about religion at work, but said he wanted to “end the Omerta”.

The Aulnay site closed because Muslim employees were constantly taking unscheduled prayer breaks

Jean-Christophe Lagarde – Head of UDI party

He said: “Some Muslim employees are proselytising at work and harassing their non-Muslim co-workers.

No one should feel under pressure to convert to Islam or accommodate religious colleagues. Because religion has no place in the workplace.:

A Peugeot spokesperson, however, has denied Mr Lagarde’s “inflammatory” claims and said that, at the time, the automobile behemoth had been on the brink of bankruptcy and that bosses had decided to close the Aulnay plant to “cut losses”.

PSA Peugeot Citroen car plant in AulnayWorker on the production line at the now closed Aulnay plant in France

PSA Peugeot Citroen Trade union CGT representative Jean-Pierre Mercier also condemned Mr Lagarde’s “nasty lies”.

He said: “The only time the Aulnay plant closed for so-called religious reasons was for the Christmas break and Easter.

“All employees worked hard, and Muslim employees prayed outside working hours.”