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One aspect of the rising Islamophobia in France has been the social and legal struggle over what is a permissible attire, mostly for women.A secondary school in the French northeast made headlines for sending a girl student named Sarah home for wearing a long skirt that was considered an "ostentatious symbol" of the girl's Muslim faith. According to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France – a civil society organization that monitors Islamophobic practices in the country – dozens of schools have done the same, at least since 2014, and the practice has spread more widely now. Pougetoux, who comes from a French working family that had converted to Islam, is a practicing Muslim.What do the aroused French, particularly the French officials, have against the burkini, the scarf and the long skirt? Jewish students from observant families have mostly joined Jewish schools where boys wear the kippah and girls wear long skirts.Why are so many French, and particularly French officials, so obsessed with Muslim attire?The French case puzzled many foreign observers.Many observers have indicated that France is a special case because it is home to the largest Muslim community in Europe.
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