[ View the story "French Muslim student kept from class over long skirt " on Storify] French Muslim student kept from class over long skirt Twitter users say 'I wear my skirt as I like' in protest of school's decision.
The Stream· Wed, Apr 29 2015 18:49:26
This girl was banned from school for wearing long skirts like srsly? French people please. #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux
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Amazing: a dark maxi skirt, which could be considered French chic becomes religiously suggestive on a Muslim girl #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeuxyvesinthecity
So, so, so sick of people in a position of power telling women what to wear.
"Her long skirt was too religious for secular France"
More like sectarian islamsphobic France
Many online discussed the incident in relation to France's cultural emphasis on liberty.
Liberty and equality for everyone of you. Except you because your skirt is too long.
If your value system or your society feels threatened by a skirt, then it couldn't have been so strong to begin with, could it. #FranceHaris Alisic
Is it really a liberal democracy when people are being excluded and persecuted for what they CHOOSE to wear? #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeuxمريم
Stop controlling what women wear. So much for "liberté" hey, France? #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeuxMiنi
According to the school, the girl, identified in local reports as Sarah, was one of a handful of Muslim students wearing long skirts to class. One official called it "a concerted action...with a will to put a (religious) identity on display". The girls, who already remove their headscarves before entering the classroom, were reportedly asked to change into other clothes before class.
But the school's explanation did not stop some from mocking the decision. Twitter users said that according to the school's logic, the Statue of Liberty and far-right politician Marine Le Pen would also be kept out of class.
@Mar1TCP : According to the principal of Léo Lagrange school, Marine Le Pen has converted to Islam.
Disney princesses banned from Disneyland Paris for wearing religiously expressive clothing #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux