The French Senate banned Muslim women under the age of 18 from wearing hijabs in public. This was passed last week and an additional amendment was passed that bans Muslim mothers who are veiled from participating in any school trips or events if they are dressed in religious attire. This law is very dangerous as there are 5.4 million Muslims in France and this would give the police the right to harass or arrest Muslim youth according to their standards of what is deemed "inappropriate". However, the history of Islamaphobia in France is not new. In 2004, the Socialist Party voted to support the ban on students wearing religious clothing in schools. In 2010, under the former president of France, the government used anti-terrorism measures to justify banning the niqab and other clothes that covered the face in public. In 2020, Coalition Avenir Québec, a nationalist political party, introduced a secularism bill. This banned hijabs in schools. And just last month, Switzerland prohibited the use of face coverings, including the niqab and burka.