Terror attacks heighten French tensions over signs of faith at worklplace

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France's brand of secularism coexists uneasily with Islamic traditions, making workplace negotiations on religious practice especially difficult.

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A week after the terrorist attacks in France last November, Bachir B., a passenger screener at Orly airport south of Paris, was called into his manager’s office. Bachir, a devout Muslim who wears a thick beard in keeping with his faith, was ordered to trim his facial hair. His boss even offered to buy him a beard clipper as a birthday gift, reports The New York Times.