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The Abaya Ban in France: Navigating Controversy in State Schools

Unsurprisingly, the ban elicited a range of responses from different political and social quarters. Eric Ciotti, the head of the conservative Les Républicains party, welcomed the decision, emphasizing that his group had repeatedly advocated for such action. However, Clémentine Autain, an MP for the hard-left France Insoumise, criticized what she referred to as the “clothes police” and viewed it as indicative of an obsessive rejection of Muslims.

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