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Parents block women in headscarves from entering nursery school

Muslim women demonstrate against the French proposal to bar Muslim women from wearing headscarves in state schools on January 17, 2004 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

On the French island of Corsica, parents blocked five women wearing an Islamic headscarf from entering a nursery school, after which the police intervened, local media reported. The incident took place in the commune of Bonifacio, as children were heading back to school after their summer holidays and parents became incensed at seeing the headscarves, claiming their children were rebuked by school staff if they wore visible Catholic crosses (while the school prohibits religious symbols for both staff and students, there is no such rule for the parents). The separation of religion and state is a very strict constitutional principle in the country, having banned overt religious symbols in most public and state-run places. Tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in the country have been running high since the terror attack in Nice on July 14, and the controversial “burkini ban”, which was imposed in about 30 towns, but recently suspended by the French high court.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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