Urge Parisian Restaurant to Stop Reported Discrimination Against Arab Customers

Target: Alexandre Denis, Restaurant Director of L’Avenue Paris

Goal: Stop discriminating against veiled and Arab restaurant guests.

A famous Parisian restaurant has reportedly been discriminating against Arab customers and veiled women for a number of years. L’Avenue is located on Avenue Montaigne, a popular street right off the Champs Elysees, and is nestled between designer stores. Four former servers have revealed that restaurant director Alexandre Denis has reportedly been instructing staff to discriminate against Arab and veiled clients for years. One hostess said that Denis always preferred “two blonde women on the terrace, with espressos, rather than have veiled women, even if they were rich. Those women, we had to refuse.”

The staff at L’Avenue was reportedly instructed to reject reservation requests from anyone with an Arab name. If the customer insisted, they were allegedly told to book the party for the latest serving hour.

Lana El Sahely, a customer at L’Avenue, claims that the rumors are true. She stated that when she attempted to make reservations with her husband’s name, Ali, she would not be able to get a table. If she showed up at the restaurant with veiled company, they were allegedly always seated on the first floor, hidden from the street view, even if the dining room was not full.

Denis, the restaurant director, ultimately deflected blame for any discrimination, saying in a statement to BuzzFeed, “There are many cultures and nationalities that come here. There are people from the Middle East, everything you could want. If you want to say that we are racist, it’s not that. I can say something but I don’t know how the young girls here would interpret it. One thing is certain, is that I never signaled to anyone to refuse clients.”

Despite Denis’ attempt to put the blame on staff, any reported discrimination ultimately falls on his shoulders as the director of the establishment. Sign this petition to urge Denis to stop alleged discrimination against Arab and veiled customers.


Dear Director Denis,

The recent reports of possible discrimination at your Paris restaurant, L’Avenue, are troublesome. Paris is an international city with many different types of people who should all feel equally welcomed and safe. I urge you to take measures to ensure that no guests are being purposefully or passively discriminated against.


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  1. So the owner of the restaurant and those people working there are discriminated in their rights also??? Is just arabs which u mena islamics don’t start making confusion now. Islamics the same who stone women to death, who forecd them to get married , who raped them and now want to kill one raped by the husband she never wanted, run away, her own family betrayed her, is a never ending story of inquisiton, abuse, excruciating pain for women in these countries force little gilrs to marry old men which do all crazy sexual things to them, is unbelievable and u have the nerve to come saying that restaurant descriminates? U islamic descriminate by race, by religion, by sex, by tribe …shut up. Also if i had a coffee i will put a sign saying no allowed to islamics. My right would be if u have your faith an need to live by it, i have my faith and need no to have contamination by evil sons of the devil.

  2. Also as it is islamics who had been killing, raping, in th epass and now the ones who killed more than all the others together and just recently had been again doing their crazy devil worshipers, people have the right to be in a restaurant without someone who ofend their believes, their eyes. Is just the same. They want to use those things to respect their religion the same motiv goes for me and others not wanting to see them and join also the menace they represent everywhere. France is an ocidental country, where culture and religion are different they should be forbiden to have those shit graments or anything or halal which is killing with cruelty animals when can be done without cruelty, but of course they prefer with as evil they are. The thing is is all what they want, but the others don’t have their own right to not be descriminate??’ I am when i can anymore have my believes and my moral and my religion also.

  3. gen agustsson says:

    stop racism.

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