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Muslim Girls Comply With Head Scarf Ban

Muslim girls largely complied with a controversial ban on headscarves in the classroom on first day of school Thursday, officials said, as the government and Muslim leaders tried to avoid any confrontation that might provoke Islamic militants holding two French hostages in Iraq. The militants have threatened to kill the two French journalists if the law is not revoked — a demand France has rejected. Millions of students returned to school Thursday with the law in effect for the first time. Muslim leaders — even ones opposing the law — called for restraint in defying it. “The hostage takers are just waiting for a provocation,” Mohammed Bechari, a vice president of the French Council for the Muslim Faith, told Le Figaro newspaper. “We must be responsible.” Full Story

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