French Schools Enforce Abaya Ban, Leading to Student Protests
On the first day of the new school year in France, nearly 300 girls defied a ban on abayas, long robes worn by some Muslim women, leading to 67 of them being sent home.
Education Minister Gabriel Attal confirmed that most students complied with the ban by changing their attire.
France, known for its strict regulations on religious symbols in state-run schools, implemented the ban on abayas, considering them a breach of secular education rules.
While this decision garnered support from the political right, it also sparked concerns about civil liberties from the hard left.
The ban on abayas follows a history of contentious debates on the place of religious attire in French schools, reflecting the ongoing tension between different political ideologies regarding the rights of Muslim women and girls.