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France might ban hijabi mothers from joining kids on school trips

France’s Senate recently voted to ban hijabi mothers from going on school trips with their kids, The Independent reported.

 

 

France’s Senate recently voted to ban hijabi mothers from going on school trips with their kids, The Independent reported.

The legislation had been previously rejected by the parliament’s lower house, but was approved by its upper house with 186 votes in favor, 100 votes against, and 159 abstaining votes.

Though the ban’s text covers “conspicuous religious symbols,” it will mostly affect Muslim parents. The ban was proposed by the country’s center-right Republicans party, with members describing it as a rule that “prohibits the wearing of the veil during school trips.” 

The rule is an extension of existing laws that prohibit Muslim students from wearing hijabs in primary and secondary schools across France. 

Though the ban has technically passed, the French government has plans to overturn it in the national assembly.

In a statement, the country’s minister of education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said that even though he respects those who pushed for the passing of the ban, he doesn’t see eye to eye with them.

France has long targeted Muslim women who wear head veils, suspending them from “schools and colleges for wearing the garment.” 

Countries across Europe including Belgium, Denmark, and Germany have implemented a similar ban in recent years.

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