'Shocking' French Verdict: Calling Male Hairdresser 'Faggot' Is Not Homophobic

The case relates to an employee at a hair salon who was fired while he was sick. According to Liberation, the boss accidentally sent him a text using the words: "I am not going to keep [the employee]... I don't have a good feeling about this guy. He's a faggot (c’est un PD)." The Paris tribunal has ruled that calling a male hairdresser a "faggot" is not homophobic, "because hair salons regularly employ gay people, notably in female hairdressers, and that poses no problem at all." Myriam el Khomri, the French minister of labor, called the judgment "scandalous and shocking."