Veil and Gown Say No


HEADS UP: Muslims protest the headscarf ban

It was a week of change and protest in France. In the days after the National Assembly endorsed a ban on Islamic head scarves and other "ostensibly religious" symbols in public schools, Muslims nationwide marched in anger — and France began confronting this fact: that outlawing a piece of fabric is easy; but inviting Muslims into the life of the republic much harder. Twenty-four hours after lawmakers waved through that bill, they came under renewed fire. Decked out in traditional black gowns and ruffled white collars, thousands of lawyers and judges descended on the Parliament and local legislatures, chanting: "Justice nowhere,...

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