The French Senate has debated a bill requiring Muslim mothers wearing the hijab to take it off during "school outings."

The bill under consideration on Tuesday comes amid weeks of uproar over secularism in France, with the headscarf at the center of the debate.

The thorny issue moved to the headlines in mid-October, after a representative of the far-right National Front party in a provincial council demanded that a Muslim woman take off the veil, causing uproar. Senators Blanker said any law banning headscarves in school outings would be "futile."

A 2005 law banned students from wearing headscarves in the classroom, but there is little chance of passing the new bill in the House of Representatives.

Source Sky News

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