Veil and Islamic gown in school: incidents rose 48% this 12 months in France

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The number of school incidents related to wearing veils or Islamic clothing in high school and high school rose sharply in France between the first and second quarters of the current school year.

In high school and high school in the second quarter of 2021/2022. 144 violations of the law on secularism in schools were identified in 97 incidents were reported in the first quarter, according to Central Territorial Intelligence (SCRT) data released RTL. According to our colleagues, the vast majority of incidents are related to Islam.

This police service that inherited the WG cited these incidents ranging from a desire to wear so-called “traditional” clothing to a refusal to take off the Islamic veil in the classroom. In this confidential note, police report a “clear increase” in clothing, especially in the Guard, Bordeaux or Val-d’Oise. In the Guard, the boys wore jelabs, the girls wore jilbabs. Others refused to bathe. In Bordeaux, several young girls returned from a spring break in high school abayas. In Val-d’Oise, students no longer take off the current veil in Garges-lès-Gonesse, Argenteuil or Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône.

However, the 2004 law on secularism is clear. It specifies that “it is forbidden to wear inscriptions or clothes in schools, faculties and state high schools with which students allegedly express their religious affiliation”. The text of the law adds that “the rules of procedure remind that the implementation of disciplinary proceedings is preceded by a dialogue with the student.”

Why this increase in 2022?

144 incidents of more than 5 million high school and high school students, the figure needs to be put into context. But how to explain the increase of 48% compared to the current school year? RTL indicates that the period under study coincided with the Ramadan campaign of 2022. It also coincided with the campaign for the presidential election in France. Activists of the “Brotherhood, Salafo-Brotherhood or pro-Erdogan” clung to the tensions in the community caused by the presidential candidates “openly hostile to Islam”, our colleagues explain.

Another element that should be taken into account and not the least important: the social network TikTok. The “stakeholders” would encourage their followers to return with a veil or abaya, as a challenge, and to try to negotiate directly with their chief of staff. A confidential note also points a finger at the American Netflix series, which would force these teenagers to claim their religious affiliation with clothes and their friends not to oppose it in the name of everyone’s freedom.

“Stigma” for some parents

Finally, the intelligence services note that the parents of these teenagers today no longer hesitate to complain on social networks in order to condemn the “stigma” whose victims would be their children.

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