With Hostages in Iraq, French Debate Headscarf Ban It's the first day of the new public school year in France, and the first day of the ban on the display of obvious religious symbols by schoolchildren, including the wearing of headscarves by Muslim girls. Two French journalists are being held hostage in Iraq in an attempt to force the French government to withdraw the law. Eleanor Beardsley reports.
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With Hostages in Iraq, French Debate Headscarf Ban

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With Hostages in Iraq, French Debate Headscarf Ban

With Hostages in Iraq, French Debate Headscarf Ban

With Hostages in Iraq, French Debate Headscarf Ban

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It's the first day of the new public school year in France, and the first day of the ban on the display of obvious religious symbols by schoolchildren, including the wearing of headscarves by Muslim girls. Two French journalists are being held hostage in Iraq in an attempt to force the French government to withdraw the law. Eleanor Beardsley reports.