PARIS - JANUARY 17:  Muslim women demonstrate against the French proposal to bar Muslim women from wearing headscarves in state schools on January 17, 2004 in Paris, France. French President Jacques Chirac asked parliament to ban the wearing of "hijab" (head scarf in Arabic). Other conspicuous religious symbols such as Jewish skullcaps and large crosses also face a ban in public schools to protect the country's secular nature. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)