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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Human rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job

The headscarf ban opened a rift with France's Muslim community, the largest in Europe
The headscarf ban opened a rift with France's Muslim community, the largest in Europe

Europe's leading human rights court has upheld France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.

The case dates back to 2000 when Christiane Ebrahimian was working in the psychiatric department of a hospital in Nanterre.

She learned that her contract would not be renewed because patients had complained about her refusal to remove her headscarf.

France's government bars public employees from displaying religious beliefs on the job - a ban that has since been extended to schoolchildren and even parents who want to accompany a class outing.

The headscarf ban, which formally became a law banning "conspicuous" religious symbols in 2004, opened a rift with France's Muslim community, the largest in Europe.

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