French Muslim girls demand right to bandana

10th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

MANTES-LA-JOLIE, France, Sept 10 (AFP) - Around 150 Muslim school-girls marched through the town of Mantes-la-Jolie, 50 kilometres (32 miles) west of Paris, to demand the right to wear a bandana instead of the Islamic headscarf which is now banned in the classroom.

MANTES-LA-JOLIE, France, Sept 10 (AFP) - Around 150 Muslim school-girls marched through the town of Mantes-la-Jolie, 50 kilometres (32 miles) west of Paris, to demand the right to wear a bandana instead of the Islamic headscarf which is now banned in the classroom.  

Under an agreement reached ten years ago with education authorities in the town Muslim girls were permitted to wear a bandana to school, but this dispensation has now been removed by the country's "secularity law" which bans all "conspicuous" religious signs.  

The law has been almost universally observed since its introduction a week ago, and the government has said there are only some 100 problem cases.

© AFP

 

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