It’s heartening to see the solidarity that the “veiled student” received from her fellow classmates.
French Professor Refuses to Teach Because of Student Wearing Hijab
Gregory Lafarge, lawyer and professor at the professional school of the Barreaux of the Appeal Court of Paris (EFB), refused to teach his courses and left the amphitheater, in protest of a student wearing a headscarf, according to Le Figaro.
“The professor approached the veiled student probably to ask her to remove her veil, but her classmates prevented him from doing so,” said Paul, one of the students in the class, to Le Figaro.
Henri Leclerc, another student who witnessed the incident, reportedly explained, “the professor reacted very badly and immediately left the amphitheater, before returning, apparently furious, and taking off his clothes, yelling ‘my religion to me is naturism.’”
After the incident, the majority of students reportedly applauded and defended their classmate. They were astonished by the behavior of their professor.
Sebastian, a student, told Le Figaro that “There have always been veiled students, but we have never seen such incidents.”
The veiled student expressed herself later on Facebook, saying that “I respect those who find my outfit offensive, but I think I have a right to be here.”