Nannies and childcare assistants working in private homes in france could soon be banned from wearing headscarves, even when working at home, after a controversial law bill on secularism was adopted by the French Senate late last night.
If the text is subsequently approved by the country's national assembly, there will be a ban on wearing the veil for childcare assistants working in nursery schools (where the veil is already banned), in educational centres and in all facilities catering for children, as well as for nannies who look after children at home.
"Parents have the right to want a nanny who is neutral from a religious perspective," said the left-wing senator FranÃ§oise Laborde, defending the text, while debate raged in the Senate. The Green party voted against the bill, while the right-wing UMP party was divided between abstentions and votes against the text. (ANSAmed).
Many who object to this particual bill are uncomfortabble with the fact that it enters into regulating the private sphere.
"DEMONSTRATION AGAINST A CONTROVERSIAL BILL ON SECULARISM" YA20 News January 18, 2012
"France: Islam; no veil for nannies either, Senate adopts law" ENPI Information Center January 18, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today