A French man who adopted an Haredi Orthodox lifestyle following his divorce has been forbidden from his seeing his son according to reports.
Social services in the city of Toulouse have barred contact between Richard Dray and the 12 year-old due to his religious lifestyle, local newspaper La Dépêche claims. The boy had been placed in foster care due to behavioural problems but the father had been granted visitation rights by the courts.
However, according to the paper, social services intervened when the man told the boy during a telephone call “not to worry, because everything that happens to us is a trial by God, for us to pass.”
The conversation was recorded and social services later told Dray that they thought he was radicalising the boy and giving him ‘dangerous’ messages.
A spokesperson for the local authorities insisted that the case was “within its mandate”.
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