French President Emmanuel Macron says authorities will be “uncompromising” in their enforcement of a new ban on abayas in schools.
Many Muslim apologists on the left also denounced the move announced on Sunday, including Clementine Autain, a lawmaker for the France Insoumise party, who criticized what she called the “clothes police” and a move “characteristic of an obsessional rejection of Muslims”. France has enforced a ban on religious symbols in state schools since 2004 to uphold its strict brand of secularism, known as “laicite”.
Government spokesman Olivier Veran said on Monday the abaya was “obviously” religious and “a political attack, a political sign”. He deemed the wearing of the abaya to be an act of “proselytizing”.