France: Court Rules Muslim Husband Must Accept Second Hand Virgin


French ‘virgin’ ruling reversed

French justice ministry, file pic  

The government fears the ruling could set a worrying legal precedent

A French court of appeal has overruled the decision to annul the marriage of two Muslims because the bride had lied about being a virgin.

They are now effectively married again – even though both partners said they accepted the original judgement.

That verdict had caused emotional debate and outrage among some feminists, who said it amounted to a “fatwa” against women’s liberty.

But the husband’s lawyers said the case had nothing to do with religion.

They argued that the wife had breached the wedding contract, and tricked her husband into marriage.

Under the French civil code, a marriage can be annulled if a spouse has lied about an “essential quality” of the relationship.


According to media reports, the husband, an engineer in his thirties, married the trainee nurse in the summer of 2006, having been assured by her that she had never previously had a boyfriend.

The woman admitted having lied about being a virgin, and later accepted the court annulment.

Her lawyer said she did not want to contest the judgement, and simply wanted to get on with her life.

But Justice Minister Rachida Dati ordered a review of the verdict, which was referred to in some quarters as “a real fatwa against the emancipation of women” and “a ruling handed down in Kandahar”.

Feminists argued the decision was unfair because a woman would not be able to cancel her marriage if she thought her husband was not a virgin.

Critics have also asked if the judge would have ruled the same way if the marriage was not between two Muslims, and claimed the decision was incompatible with France’s secular principles. 



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7 thoughts on “France: Court Rules Muslim Husband Must Accept Second Hand Virgin”

  1. Women’s rights groups have been silent on this issue and this is not to be dismissed as just “cultural”. It is time for all women, to stop this type of behavior and stand up, especially apostate women who have left Islam to avoid this type of barbarism.

  2. The more I read stories like this, the more I realize that islam and civilization are totally incompatable. Marriage is supposed to be a union of two people who love each other, who have common viewpoints, and who find each other sexually attractive. If someone found the automobile of his dreams, in perfect shape and at a reasonable price, should he reject it because someone else may have driven it? That’s not religion, it’s stupidity. It shows me that the moslem so-called “man” regards women as mere possessions, having no interest in their characters, personalities or intellegence. Western society got over this virgin nonsense decades ago, but I believe that islam never will.
    By the way, is the prospective bride allowed to ask how many young boys her fiance has violated? Don’t forget, this behavior is sanctioned and encouraged by the great paedophile himself!

  3. I find it perplexing that the British couple Amy Taylor and David Pollard are getting a divorce because Amy found David having cyber sex in “Second Life”. This made up world of avatars that is ‘fun’. This sex isn’t even real. But that is a good enough reason for Amy. And people find it difficult to understand why this French guy wanted a divorce?

    As for this idiot suprkufr, I don’t know what world you live in, but in the West, it is not alright to fornicate and have sex before mariage IF you are a practising Christian. And alot of people do call themselves Christians. Maybe not yourself. But we don’t need assholes like you anyway.

  4. Kimberly:
    My take on Christianity is “live and let live.” You sound suspiciously like a moslem to me;
    you certainly seem to feel you have the right to tell everyone how he should live. Mellow out.

  5. Kimberly:
    Sorry – I overreacted; nobody likes being called an asshole.
    I can see how my perhaps poorly worded post might be misinterpreted as a call for debauchery and wanton bed-hopping; far from it. By “virgin nonsense” I wasn’t attempting to heap scorn upon virginity or celibacy – quite the reverse. The most successful and intimate marriages are those in which the nuptual bed is the first sexual experience for both bride and groom. Sadly, we are all fallible human beings, many of us prone to fall prey to our hormonal imperatives and make unwise life choices. My point was that if two people fall in love and wish to spend their lives together, the fact that one or both may have been involved in a previous sexual relationship ought not to be an impediment thereto; the past is the past – what really matters is the future of the couple.
    My argument is with those who would judge a prospective spouse on the relatively trivial aspect of virginity rather than on those of mutual attraction and shared values, particularly as in the moslem culture the man is always exempt from such scrutiny.
    My wife and I came to each other from previously failed relationships, yet we are still together after nearly forty years, and have raised four marvelous, decent, successful and yes, Christian children. No one will ever convince me that we have done is wrong!

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