17 December 2003

No headscarves: More news from France

Today President Jacques Chirac is expected to express support for a proposed law banning "conspicuous" religious symbols in the public schools, including scarves, yarmulkes and large crosses, as recommended by a commission headed by Bernard Stasi. As Stasi rather bizarrely puts it: "Secularism is the separation of church and state, but it is also the respect of differences."

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