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Thousands Protest Move to Ban Head Scarves

February 15, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of people, many of them women wearing head scarves, marched in France to protest a move to ban the Islamic coverings and other religious apparel in public schools.

Protesters said the law was discriminatory and would prevent Muslim girls from attending school.

"We can't conceive that an exclusion law has been voted, a law that will prevent young adolescent women from their right to get education," marcher Khadidja Marfouk said in Paris.

Police estimated that 2,600 people marched in the southern city of Lyon and 1,300 in Paris.

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