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3 Hurt in Scuffle Over Islamic Head Scarves

October 05, 1994| Reuters

PARIS — Two schoolgirls and a police officer were slightly injured Tuesday in a scuffle among French police and Muslim militants, the first violence caused by a recent ban on Islamic head scarves in state schools.

Police said the clash took place at Mantes-la-Jolie, a Paris suburb. About 600 people met outside a high school to protest last month's ban on "ostentatious religious symbols" in schools.

About 20 teen-age girls wearing head scarves, backed by several dozen men, blocked the school gate, a police spokesman said. The scuffles occurred when 30 police officers were sent in to clear the gate, he said.

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