French court backs nursery for firing veil-wearing employee

27th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a kindergarten had acted legally by firing a female employee who refused to remove an Islamic headscarf, the nursery's lawyer said.

The Versailles Appeals Court said the Baby-Loup nursery in nearby Chanteloup-les-Vignes had acted within a law allowing privately-owned kindergartens to forbid the wearing of religious symbols when it fired the employee in 2008, lawyer Richard Malka said.

The decision upheld a previous ruling by a French employment tribunal.

Malka hailed the ruling as "a major victory for secularism".

As well as the law allowing the banning of religious symbols in nurseries, France has also banned the full-face covering Islamic niqab veil and slapped fines on several women for wearing the garment.

© 2011 AFP

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