After months of discussion, the government has opted to give "guidelines" rather than implement a full ban on the wearing of headscarves by Muslim mothers when they are on school property.

Interior minister Claude Guéant published a set of guidelines on Monday titled "Secularism and religious freedom" (Laïcité et liberté religieuse).

He said he would prefer "accommodations" rather than "legislation" on the issue of headscarves.

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