The French Senate votes to ban the headscarf during school outings

PARIS

The upper house of the French parliament passed a bill on Thursday banning mothers from wearing headscarves when accompanying students on school outings.

The bill was introduced in the nation’s Senate by the conservative Republican Party. The bill passed with 186 votes in favor and 100 votes against, while 159 senators abstained.

The bill must be approved by the National Assembly – the lower house of parliament – for it to come into force.

Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, a Republican Party legislator, argued that the bill seeks to fill a legal void in the implementation of secularism on school trips.

For his part, the French Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, declared: “This bill is contrary to the decision of the Council of State and will create many problems in the development of school trips”.

However, Blanquer said he respects those who defend the bill.

He said he would do everything he could to prevent parents from wearing religious symbols on school trips.

Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the Union of French Mosques, said the bill is contrary to religious freedom.

Moussaoui called on lawmakers to reject the bill and ensure equal treatment of citizens of different faiths.

*Written by Dilara Hamit from Ankara

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