Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Keeping track of all those women

If you think your life is complicated, take a moment to empathize with Algerian-born Lies Hebbadj. He got in trouble with the French authorities after one of his wives was stopped for driving with a niqab.

The authorities became exercised when they discovered that Hebbadj apparently has four wives and 12 children, all of them on welfare. He then said he only had one wife; the rest were only his mistresses. Now it's a question of verifying the status of the marriage to a French woman that got him his French passport. If that marriage is invalid, he may be deported. (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)

What's quaint about this story is that polygamy is illegal in France. The same arrangement - receiving welfare benefits for polygamous marriages - is completely OK in the United Kingdom.

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