French cabinet approves headscarf ban

PARIS - The French cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law banning the wearing of Islamic headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols in public schools, Minister of Schools Xavier Darcos announced.

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Published: Wed 28 Jan 2004, 5:46 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:13 AM

The proposed law has been the subject of intense debate in France for months, with thousands of French Moslems protesting around the country on January 17 against the bill.

There were also protests in Muslim countries and demands by politicians in some countries, notably Iran, that the law be scrapped.

The draft law is scheduled to be debated in the French National Assembly for three days beginning on February 3. If it becomes law, it will go into effect when public school resumes after the summer holidays.

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