France implements Abaya ban in schools

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PARIS — The French Minister of Education, Gabriel Attal, issued a statement prohibiting abayas and long shirts in schools, citing concerns that such practice “expresses religious affiliation in the school environment which we cannot tolerate.”اضافة اعلان

Starting this school year, students wearing abayas or long shirts won't be allowed in classrooms, drawing criticism from human rights groups and political opposition, Arab48 News reported.

During a school visit in Orange, in the South of France, French President Emmanuel Macron urged rigorous enforcement of these rules, emphasizing the need to defend secularism.

France, known for its large Muslim minority, has banned Islamic headscarves in public schools since 2004. This new abaya ban continues this trend in policy.

Critics, including left-wing politicians like Jean-Luc Mélenchon, denounced the decision, fearing religious tensions. Manuel Bompard, coordinator of "La France Insoumise," plans to challenge the ban before the Council of State, citing constitutional violations.

Many French female students also oppose the decision, seeing it as a violation of personal freedom.

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