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Dec 24, 2013
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France to keep a headscarf ban despite negative legal advice

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(French Education Minister Vincent Peillon speaks during a news conference in Paris December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau )

France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service.

Dec 23, 2013

France to maintain a headscarf ban despite legal advice

PARIS (Reuters) – France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service.

The Council of State, which advises the government on disputed administrative issues, said in a 32-page analysis that this neutrality did not apply to mothers who help escort schoolchildren on outings such as museum visits.

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