French Minister of Education says headscarf-wearing women cannot enter school grounds

News Agencies – March 3, 2011

The French Minister of Education, Luc Chatel, has written in support of a school director in Seine Saint-Denis who refused to meet headscarf-wearing women at the entrance of a public school. Parents must accept “neutrality” if they come close to the school, said the principal. The decision counters that of a 2007 position which allowed mothers to enter the school.