The school year started this Monday in France with controversy. The ban on the use of abayas, clothing worn by Muslim women, has reopened the debate on secularism in the country’s classrooms. Is the abaya a religious sign? Is secularism in danger? While the Government defends the veto on wearing any religious clothing in educational centers, sectors of the left that oppose the measure describe it as “violent and cruel.” In addition to France, other countries such as Norway, Denmark or Austria prohibit the burqa and religious signs in classrooms.
This issue is the focus of the new installment of ARTE Europa Semanal, the informative program produced by ARTE that EL PAÍS broadcasts every week and which can be seen in the video of this news item. This episode also breaks down the rules on religious freedom in schools in various European countries.
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