High Council of Integration (HCI) Study Suggests Religious Demands on the Rise in French Public Schools

News Agencies – October 25, 2010

Muslim pupils and parents in France are increasingly making religious demands on the state school system that teachers should rebuff by explaining the country’s secular principles, according to an official report. The High Council for Integration (HCI) reported growing problems with pupils of immigrant backgrounds who object to courses about the Holocaust, the Crusades or evolution, demand halal meals and “reject French culture and its values.”
HCI President Patrick Gaubert claimed his agency decided to study how pupils from immigrant backgrounds adapted to the state school system because “this is at the heart of the challenges that French society must face.” The Report will be released in November 2010.