The anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DF) wants to bar students from speaking Arabic in Denmark's public schools.

The proposed ban, which has very little chance of ever becoming reality, would apply to both class time and breaks.

"If you live in Denmark, you should speak Danish," DF spokesman Martin Henriksen told news agency Ritzau.

Henriksen said that the proposed ban specifically targets Arabic because a recent PhD thesis documented how Arabic speaking students in two schools used the language to insult Danish-speaking students and teachers who couldn't understand them.

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