France condemns kidnappings linked to head scarf ban

08/30/2004 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

In a rare TV speech, President Jacques Chirac called for the release of two journalists kidnapped a week ago in Iraq by Islamic militants demanding France drop its ban on head scarves in schools. While a majority of the French agree with the new law, conservative Muslims have urged girls to show their defiance by wearing veils when schools reopen soon.

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