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France’s new Muslim headscarf war

It is almost 10 years since France banned girls from wearing veils in its state schools, but the row over Muslim headwear has erupted again. Will it lead to a new law against women wearing headscarves? Could that fan the flames of a French identity crisis?

By Angelique Chrisafis  /  The Guardian, LONDON

Dounia Bouzar, a French anthropologist specializing in legislation concerning religious symbols, says current laws in France are already sufficient to deal with workplace issues around the headscarf. Currently, 94 percent of problems with religious symbols or practices in the private sector are settled through dialogue.

On the consultation to produce a new headscarf law, she said: “I hope it won’t just add to hatred of Muslims, or worse prejudice than today.”

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