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France to end contract with biggest Muslim high school amid fears of wider crackdown

France to end contract with biggest Muslim high school amid fears of wider crackdown

FRANCE is to end funding for its biggest Muslim high school on the grounds of administrative failures and questionable teaching practices, a local official said, the latest in what some rights groups say is a wider crackdown on Muslims. Private school Averroes, the first Muslim high school to open in mainland France in 2003 in the northern city of Lille, has more than 800 pupils and has been under contract with the state since 2008. Pupils follow the regular French curriculum and are also offered religion classes. But in an October report seen by Reuters, the interior ministry's local office said the…
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