The French Parliament’s lower house passed a bill banning the wearing of conspicuous religious insignia in state schools. Tuesday’s vote in the National Assembly passed by 494-36. If ratified by the Senate early next month, the wearing of large crosses, Muslim veils and yarmulkes will be banned beginning with the next academic year. The vote was welcomed by Jewish groups in France, which traditionally have been strong supporters of France’s historic separation of church and state.
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