France’s bans on head scarves and veils are on trial, pitting partisans of religious expression against champions of the nation’s unique version of secularity. Tensions are high. Riots erupted last July in the Paris suburb of Trappes after an altercation involving the police ticketing a fully veiled woman. A case involving a day-care center worker fired for refusing to remove her head scarf has reached the pinnacle of the French judicial system.


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