Debate Over Secularism and Religious Signs at French Universities

A report issued on August 6 by France’s High Council for Integration (HCI) has proposed the extension of the ban of religious dress and symbols in French university classrooms. The proposed law, which applies to all objects and activities of religious expression, specifically affects women of the Muslim faith wearing headscarves or hijabs. Continuing a […]

Laïcité and Baby-Loup Revisited

On Tuesday, March 19, France’s Cour de Cassation (Court of Cassation) overturned previous rulings on the Baby-Loup case, declaring the dismissal of Fatima Afif to be religious discrimination. This decision revives unsolved disputes on laïcité (secularism) in France, and raises the question of how to maintain the principle of a secular state without infringing on […]