Ban Muslim headscarf in universities, says former French president Sarkozy

وَلَنْ تَرْضَىٰ عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَىٰ حَتَّىٰ تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَىٰ ۗ وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ ۙ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ

“The Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their religion. Say, ‘Allah’s guidance is the true guidance.’ If you were to follow their whims and desires, after the knowledge that has come to you, you would find no protector or helper against Allah.”

(Al-Baqara, 2:120)


FORMER French president Nicholas Sarkozy has called for a ban on the Muslim headscarf in universities.


Sarkozy, left, has been outspoken about the Muslim veil in the past

The opposition leader said he “does not see the consistency of a system where the headscarf is forbidden in primary and secondary school, and in high school, and allowed in universities”.

A 2004 France banned religious symbols from public schools including the Islamic veil.

He added: “It does not make sense.”

Sarkozy has previously been outspoken about the burka.

In 2009 he said the garment reduced women to servitude and backed an official probe to look at banning the veil.

France’s parliament the passed a burka ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who said it was discriminatory.

Speaking to TF1, Sarkozy also said French schools should stop serving alternative meals for religious reasons.

“I am opposed to the so-called alternative meals where, depending on the origin of the children, the parents’ religion, we choose different meals,” he said.

“The republic has an identity. France is a republic not just a democracy.

“In a democracy, everyone does what he wants as long as it does not harm others.

“A republic demands more than that,” he added. “If you want your children to have a faith-based diet, you go into private education.”