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French PM backs Muslim headscarf ban at universities
by Sam Ball
France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that Muslim headscarves should be banned in universities in comments that have sparked an immediate backlash from some within his own party.
In a lengthy interview with France's Libération newspaper published Tuesday, the Socialist prime minister was asked directly if a ban on headscarves already in place at French state schools and public-sector workplaces should be extended to universities.
"It should be done," said Valls, though he admitted that "there are rules in the constitution that would make such a ban difficult".
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