“It's a good secondary school as long as you don't wear a headscarf.” 'Imène' – not her real name – is a pupil at Victor-Hugo, one of three secondary schools or lycées in Marseille categorised as priority establishments for the southern city in terms of funding and development. Since the start of the current academic year she has been summoned in to see school management four times after her outfits were judged by senior staff and some teachers to be “Islamic”. Under a 2004 French law the wearing of “conspicuous” religious symbols is banned in the country's schools. “I no longer know what to wear,” she says.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.