Foreign Minister Says "Solution" Will Be Found to Sikh Opposition to Religious Symbols Law

February 13, 2004

Source: BBC News

On February 13, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The French Government says it will find a 'solution' for Sikhs who are angry at a proposed ban on turbans and other religious symbols in state schools. Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin made his remarks in India, where he has faced opposition over the issue. 'I am sure we are going to find a solution that will be satisfactory for the Sikh community in France,' he said after talks in Delhi. But he said any solution would be within the constraints of the new law...But he gave no details of how his government might find a compromise within the new law for the tiny, 6,000-strong Sikh community in France. Nor did he say whether 'solutions' could be found for the many other religions whose members are up in arms at the proposed ban."