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Katharine Birbalsingh and France’s own secularism battle

21 January 2024

5:25 PM

21 January 2024

5:25 PM

The row that has erupted at Katharine Birbalsingh’s Michaela school in north London highlights the difference in how Britain and France confront Islamic conservatism in education and wider society.

Birbalsingh has displayed courage in imposing a blanket ban on all ritual prayer in the school, but nonetheless in France such displays of religiosity have been outlawed for more than a century.

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