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BBC NEWS | Europe | France firm over headscarf ban

BBC NEWS | Europe | France firm over headscarf ban: "France firm over headscarf ban
France has said it will not drop a law banning Muslim headscarves in state schools, despite demands by militants holding two French journalists in Iraq.
'The law will be applied,' a government spokesman said.
France's foreign minister appealed for the two men to be freed as he started urgent talks in the Middle East.
Film of the two men was broadcast on Saturday by Arabic TV al-Jazeera. It said the kidnappers wanted France to reverse the ban within 48 hours. "

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