Selin ATAY-TDO-French President Emmanuel Macron made remarks to reporters about the hijab, which has been the subject of debate in the country in recent days.

Stating that public officials and teachers at the school should be impartial on religious issues, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “The wearing of the veil in the public space is not my business. That is what secularism is about. The wearing of the veil in public services, at school, when we educate our children – this is my business.”

Noting the problem of Islam in the country, Macron said, "In some quarters, some use the headscarf as an icon that breaks ties with the Republic.  It's called as sectarianism"

Stating that headscarf discrimination in France must also end, he continued to his statement: "Today there are men and women who express that they are not committed to the values of the Republic because of their religion. We can see it in many ways; there are those who say, ‘I don't want my child (to go to the pool (where girls and boys use same pool), ‘I don't want my child to learn music’. These people have other political projects that are incompatible with the values of the Republic. This is sectarianism, and it is problem for me."

Headscarves have been at the center of multiple controversies in France, which is estimated to have around 6 million Muslims. French law bans full-face coverings in public, while the hijab – which leaves the face open – is banned only in schools and government offices. However, Muslim mothers are allowed to wear it on school trips.

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer also argued that the hijab is not wanted in society, and speaking about the issue of Muslim mothers who wear it on school trips, "the law does not ban the hijab, but we can encourage local authorities to ban the headscarves." said.

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