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France urged to scrap veil ban for school trips
by Dan MacGuill
The French government was urged on Monday to overturn a ban on Muslim mothers wearing the Islamic veil while helping teachers on school trips. The move comes amid criticism of France's strict application of its secular principles.
France's Conseil d'Etat (Council of State) told the government to overturn France's de facto prohibition on Muslim mothers' wearing the Islamic veil while accompanying pupils and teachers on school trips.
The Council, which acts as an advisory body to the government, ruled that mothers simply offering teachers additional adult supervision on school outings should not be "not submitted to [the requirements of] religious neutrality."
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