Alma and Lila Lévy

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Alma and Lila Lévy are sisters who rose to fame at the centre of the French controversy over the veil in 2003 when they were expelled from school.


The controversial expulsion of the Lévy sisters from Lycée Henri-Wallon, in the suburb of Aubervilliers of Paris, ignited an international debate. The Lévy sisters were expelled for wearing hijab.[1][2] The girls father, Laurent Lévy, a Jewish French lawyer[3][4], was quick to point out the anti-semitic furore regarding the medias' focus on his ethnicity, "I am Jewish by Vichy rules." In an interview with the BBC, he explained that his ex-wife, his daughters' mother, is a Muslim from Kabyle, Algeria. [5][6]

The sisters wrote a book about their experience. [7]

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  1. Lalami, Laila (November 21, 2007). "Beyond the Veil". The Nation.
  2. Ben Simon, Daniel (October 17, 2003). "Veil of Tears". Haaretz.
  3. SHANNON, VICTORIA (November 21, 2000). "French Court Affirms Auction Sites Ruling : Yahoo Faces Deadline To Block Nazi Items". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 14, 2019.
  4. Kuru, Ahmet T. (April 27, 2009). Secularism and State Policies Toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey. Cambridge University Press. p. 131. ISBN 9780521517805. Search this book on Logo.png
  5. Schofield, Hugh (October 1, 2003). "Jewish dad backs headscarf daughters". BBC.
  6. Bowen, John R. (December 16, 2010). Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space. Princeton University Press. p. 110–112. ISBN 9781400837564. Search this book on Logo.png
  7. Lévy, Alma; Lévy, Lila; Giraud, Véronique; Sintomer, Yves (2004). Des filles comme les autres: Au-delà du foulard. ISBN 978-2707142771. Search this book on Logo.png

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