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  Headscarf ban girl cuts off hair
Updated 02 October 2004, 15.14
Cennet Doganay   Picture: AFP
A 15-year-old girl has beaten the ban on headscarves in French schools by shaving off her hair.

Cennet Doganay was banned from classes for wearing a headscarf after a law preventing kids from wearing religious signs in schools came in.

"I will respect both French law and Muslim law by taking off what I have on my head and not showing my hair," said Cennet, whose school is in Strasbourg.

There have been protests against the new law across Europe.

It also covers large Christian crucifixes, Sikh turbans and Jewish skullcaps.

The law was introduced in September. Schools were told not to exclude kids who rebelled against the ban, but to try to sort the issue out by talking about it.

Expelled

Reports say about 120 girls across France insisted on keeping their headscarves at the start of term, but most have now given in because they don't want to be expelled.

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