By Elham Asaad Buaras
A report commissioned by the French Government in the summer has recommended lawmakers scrap the hijab ban in state schools to help integrating the country’s ethnic minorities.
The PM was handed the report on December 13, that will form the basis of future reforms.
The Cabinet will address the report’s findings next month.
In order “to recognise the richness of multiple identities”, the report urges France to allow the wearing of the hijab in schools, which was outlawed in 2004.
The law was inspired by France’s principles of secularism and the belief that public buildings should be a neutral environment where people are not identified by their religion.
Former PM François Fillon was one of the first to speak out against the report’s findings and warned against, “the dangers of applying these proposals. They will work to divide the French and would feed extremism.”