A Paris appeals court today (November 27, 2013) upheld the right of a nursery to fire a female employee who insisted on wearing an Islamic headscarf at work, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.
The ruling is the latest round of a long-running legal battle which has pitted France's secular authorities against sections of the country's large Muslim minority.
In its ruling, the appeals court overturned a controversial March 2013 verdict that the "Baby-Wolf" kindergarten in the Paris suburbs had been guilty of religious discrimination when it dismissed Fatima Afif in 2008.
Afif was sacked after telling her employer that -- upon her return to work following a five-year maternity break -- she wanted to wear a headscarf at work. The head of the day nursery refused, citing the establishment's rules that employees had to be neutral in terms of philosophy, politics, and faith.