Two Five Muslim mothers wearing Islamic headbags were accosted and prevented from entering a nursery school on the French island of Corsica by angry parents, officials said.
The Local(h/t Maria J) The incident happened as parents were dropping off their children at the start of the school day in Bonifacio, on the island’s southern tip.
The two women, wearing Muslim headscarves, “were stopped by two men, two brothers, who thought it wasn’t right that their children are not allowed to wear emblems of their religion at school and yet these women could enter with their veils,” said local prosecutor Eric Bouillard, confirming a report in the Corse-Matin newspaper.
Bonifacio mayor Jean-Charles Orsucci said his education official “had intervened to allow the bagheads normal entry to the school”. Police and a schools inspector were also sent to the scene “and the situation calmed down. There was no violence, no threats, and therefore no laws broken,” said Bouillard.
While religious symbols are banned for pupils and teachers in French schools, there is no such constraint on parents. The incident is the latest example of growing anti-Muslim tensions in France. In December, protesters vandalized a Muslim prayer hall and trashed copies of the quran after an assault on firefighters that was blamed on youths of Arab Muslim origin.