A nationalist party has launched a complaint at the decision of some schools and kindergartens in the city of Turin to shut down all Christmas Nativity celebrations, or remove all mention of Christianity from them, out of fear of "offending the sensibilities" of the schools' growing Muslim population.

Roberto Carbonero, the director of Lega Nord (the Northern League), said that if confirmed, the decision by some school principals "would be a very serious matter which is unprecedented."

"Such a decision is completely unacceptable," he said, adding that the city, not the individual schools, should have competence to make such decisions.

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