Source: BBC News
On October 1, 2003 the BBC News reported, "A row over women's rights to wear headscarves has broken out again in France - but this time supporters of the right of Muslim girls to cover their head in school have a new and unusual champion. Laurent Levy is the father of two teenagers - Lila, 18, and Alma, 16 - who last week were barred from the Henri Wallon lycee in the northern Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. He is a left-wing lawyer, highly articulate. And he is Jewish...Mr. Levy has leapt with a passion to the defence of Lila and Alma - and of the right of all girls who wear the headscarf - to an education like everyone else."