First French schools forced Muslim girls to take off their hijabs—not just niqabs, which cover the body, but also hijabs, which cover the hair. Now French schools kick Muslim students out if their skirts are “too long.”
A school banned a 15-year-old French Muslim girl (who chose to be identified simply as “Sarah”) twice because she had been wearing a skirt that they claimed was “too long.” According to the school, long skirts are a religious symbol and are “ostentatious.”
At least when Muslims are wearing them, that is. French critics on Twitter pointed out the double standard, using the hashtag #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux (“I wear my skirt how I want”).
“I support Sarah against the Ayatollahs of the laïcité while she takes off her veil, conforming with the law” (all translations mine).
“The First Ladies of France are Muslims?”
“Oh Michelle, you are thrown out of college! That outfit is a disgrace to the Republic!”
“Even the Roma at the red light are radicalized?”
“Marianne, symbol of the Republic, with her head covered and her properly long dress.”
Or, as this internet meme describes it:
An official in the French town of Charleville-Mezieres, where Sarah was punished, told AFP she “was not excluded, she was asked to come back with a neutral outfit.” “Neutral” meaning looking like white fellow French citizens.
This is not the only example of discriminatory hypocrisy disguised as laïcité. In “secular” France, private schools—in which 17% of students are enrolled—are over 90% Catholic, and they receive 20% funding from the state.
The reality behind the guise of French secularism is discrimination against Muslims and covert support for Catholicism.