France's contentious law on the wearing of the Muslim veil may be known worldwide, but not everyone in France clearly understands it or thinks it is draconian enough, it seems. The confusion led to an embarrassing incident at Paris's famous Sorbonne university this week.

The head of France's Sorbonne university has personally apologized to a student who was asked to leave a lecture when she refused to take off her Muslim headscarf.

According to a report in Le Monde newspaper the teacher said to the student: "Are you planning on keeping that thing on throughout all my classes?"

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