Carl I. Hagen, former leader of the nationalist Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp), wants to ban municipality employees in Oslo from wearing the hijab and other religious symbols.

The MP's comments come just a few days after the EU Court upheld bans on headscarves by two employers in Belgium and France.

Hagen wants to use the ruling for a basis to ban all municipal employees from wearing political, religious or philosophical symbols at work, reports newspaper VG.

But Hagen's call for a ban in Oslo is unlikely to gain much traction, according to municipality politicians.

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