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French Lawmakers Ban Hijabs for Women Under 18

By: Eris Lowdermilk

The Senate of France recently passed an amendment that bans women under the age of 18 to wear a hijab in public. A hijab is a religious veil worn by Muslim women.

The amendment addresses the government's discussions about religious extremism in their country. An additional amendment that was introduced would also ban the swimsuit known as the burqini, which covers the majority of the body at public pools and beaches.

While these are unlikely to become law, Muslim clothing continues to cause a debate among French lawmakers.

Laws such as these cause concerns for Muslim women as the next French presidential election takes place in April of 2022.

Beardsley, Eleanor. (April 8, 2021). French Senate Voted To Ban The Hijab For Minors In A Plea By The Conservative Right. NPR.

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