French UMP Minister pushes for headscarf ban in National Assembly

Northern UMP deputy member Françoise Hostalier has proposed a similar legislation against headscarves in the National Assembly to the 2004 prohibition of conspicuous religious signs in public schools.

Hostalier’s request comes in the wake of students who “provocatively” wore hijabs in the National Assembly in a recent visit. On November 19 in response to protest among its members, the National Assembly president Bernard Accoyer stated that no regulations authorize persons to be refused into the tribunal based on their dress. Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Faith) responded that while several members have pushed for the invisibility of Islam in the public sphere that the issue has to be faced moderately.