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Counting Muslim kids: A very French scandal
by Ben McPartland
A far-right French mayor caused one heck of a hullaballoo this week when he admitted using the names of school children to count the number of Muslim pupils. A classic Made in France scandal that has once again provoked a row.
Robert Menard the mayor of Beziers a town in the south of France kicked off a very French controversy this week and it's one that rears its head every so often and never fails to provoke a row.
Essentially by profiling Muslim children in his town - which he did by the very un-scientific method of counting them as Muslim if they had a Muslim sounding French name – Menard broke a French law that has proved a conundrum for years and is the source of much criticism.
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