Sunday, December 28, 2003

Protests hit France

Protests have occured in France regarding the French ban on headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large crucifixes in public schools:

An estimated 3000 protesters, including many young women in headscarves, have demonstrated against the French Government's plan to ban overt religious symbols in schools.

The proposal, announced by President Jacques Chirac last week, has been welcomed by most local religious leaders but has angered Muslims in France and abroad.

The draft law, which the Government hopes to submit to parliament in February, would ban religious symbols such as headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large crucifixes.

The demonstrators brandished French identity cards or the national flag as they marched through central Paris on Sunday carrying banners that read "My veil, my voice" or "Veil, cross, kippa, leave us the choice".


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