French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims

Source: BBC News

A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims “pathetic”.

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France’s interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who is Muslim, for being interviewed while wearing her headscarf.

“It’s my faith,” the student told Buzzfeed News, adding: “[My hijab] has no political function.”

Ms Pougetoux, 19, is the president of the student union at Paris’s Sorbonne.

She appeared in a documentary talking about student protests against the French president’s educational reforms while wearing a hijab, or Muslim headscarf.

The French Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa said it was a “form of promotion of political Islam”, adding that the students’ union Unef “should tell us what values it wants to promote, clearly and coherently”.

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