Laïcité: Valls wants headcover out of universities too

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Manuel Valls when he was a minister of interior in the official inauguration of the Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France 27 September 2012. At the time France was introducing a law that allowed for the deportation of foreigners who threaten security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country's secular traditions,

On the side of laïcité, with consistency


In an interview with Libération Manuel Valls said that Muslim headscarves should be banned from French universities. The debate is fierce, with two left wing traditions pitted against each other: live and let live and laïcité.

Such a ban is already in place in schools and the public sector since 2004, and is extended across all symbols of faith, from headscarves and crosses to the kipa.

His comments triggered a new backlash from his own Socialist party, especially as he admitted that widen...


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