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Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Mayors defiant after French burkini ban suspended by Council of State

Posted: Tue, 30 Aug 2016

The majority of French mayors who have imposed 'burkini' bans are refusing to revoke them, despite a ruling from France's highest administrative court against the ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

European Court of Human Rights upholds French ban on full-face veil

Posted: Tue, 01 Jul 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law banning the wearing of the full-face veil in public, ruling that the law does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

French Government denies it plans to lift veil ban

Posted: Mon, 16 Dec 2013

A new report by a French Government committee has created controversy after it called for an end to the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Human Rights Court considers the French ban on face coverings

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is today (27 November 2013) hearing the case of a French woman, identified by her initials SAS, who is challenging the country's ban on the full face veil.

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Sarkozy’s smoke and mirrors promises to religious leaders

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012

As the French election draws near, President Nicolas Sarkozy is suddenly very enthusiastic for religion to play an important role in "public life".