France will certainly ban kids from putting on the abaya, the baggy, unabridged robes put on by some Muslim ladies, in state-run schools, its education and learning priest claimed on Sunday in advance of the back-to-school period.
France, which has actually applied a stringent ban on spiritual check in state schools given that 19th century regulations eliminated any kind of typical Catholic impact from public education and learning, has actually had a hard time to upgrade standards to manage an expanding Muslim minority.
In 2004, it prohibited headscarves in schools and also passed a ban on complete face shrouds in public in 2010, outraging some in its 5 million-strong Muslim area.
Defending secularism is a rallying cry in France that reverberates throughout the political range, from left-wingers maintaining the liberal worths of the Enlightenment to reactionary citizens looking for a barrier versus the expanding function of Islam in French culture.
“I have decided that the abaya could no longer be worn in schools,” Education Minister Gabriel Attal claimed in a meeting with television network TF1.
“When you walk into a classroom, you shouldn’t be able to identify the pupils’ religion just by looking at them,” he claimed.
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