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France debates ban on Muslim veils in universities
by Liza Malykhina
The debate over wearing veils at public universities has resurfaced after reports of professors singling out women for wearing hijabs. Both politicians and the public are struggling to find a balance between French secularism and religious tolerance.
The issue of whether to let women wear scarves at university came into the spotlight earlier this month when a professor at the Paris XIII university said that he did not support "religious symbols in public places", referring to a young woman wearing a hijab in his class. The professor was demoted for his comments.
In September, a professor at the Sorbonne asked a student if she would continue wearing "that thing" in class, indicating the young woman's headscarf. The president of the Sorbonne later apologised for the professor's comments.
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