Schools expel more headscarved girls

21st October 2004, Comments 0 comments

MULHOUSE, France, Oct 20 (AFP) - Three more Muslim schoolgirls were expelled in France Wednesday for flouting a controversial law on the wearing of religious insignia in schools.

MULHOUSE, France, Oct 20 (AFP) - Three more Muslim schoolgirls were expelled in France Wednesday for flouting a controversial law on the wearing of religious insignia in schools.

It brings to five the number of girls expelled under the new "secularity law", which has drawn complaints from some Muslim groups that it represents a form of discrimination against Islam.

The headmaster of Louis-Armand school in the eastern city of Mulhouse, Rodolphe Echard, announced the expulsion of one girl, identified as Manele, 17, who had returned to classes after the summer break wearing first a headscarf and later a bandana.

In another case in Mulhouse, a girl identified as Tuba, 16, was expelled from the Lavoisier school, the establishment's authorities said. A girl was also barred from the Jean Guehenno school in the northern town of Caen on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, two teenage Muslim schoolgirls were expelled from another school in Mulhouse, the first such actions to be taken under the new law.

Under the legislation, which went into force early in September, the school authorities must first try to persuade girls to remove the headscarf and only if they persist in refusing can they be expelled.

The students can appeal the decision.

There are at present 72 school students within the state school system in France who are currently breaking the new law, according to education ministry figures.

© AFP

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