A Belgian convert to Islam, employed by the City Council of Brussels, was sacked because he refused to shake hands with his supervising municipal magistrate, Karine Lalieux (PS), the newspapers Sudpresse and Le Soir reported on Monday.

The municipal magistrate in charge of town council staff, Philippe Close (PS), a explained that the former employee of the Brussels museums refused to shake hands with Karine Lalieux "claiming that his religion prohibited him from touching women".

The man was then summoned to a meeting, an inquiry was conducted and the employee repeated that he would continue to act in that way.

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