French education document sparks accusations of racism

French education authorities accused of racism over document issued so teachers can spot child jihadists, warning of « long uncut beards » and the « rejection of tattoos »

Education authorities in western France have come under fire for alleged racism over a document issued to teachers designed to help them spot youngsters who might be tempted by jihad.

It said teachers should watch out for « Muslim clothes », « long uncut beards », « weight loss due to frequent fasting » and the « rejection of tattoos. »

The text also told teachers to look out for children who took too close an interest in the origins of Islam.


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CAP Liberté de Conscience, a French NGO created in 2000 dedicated to the respect of the Right of Freedom of Religion and Belief. CAP LC is expert since now 20 years, in religious minorities’ discriminations in France and Europe. CAP Liberté de Conscience organizes events, conferences, meetings to unite minority religions to counter discrimination mainly in France but also in Europe and worldwide.

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