A Muslim school in Lyon, Frances's first aiming to offer both primary and high school classes, is to open its doors after a court ruled it could operate in the east-central French city.
In its decision announced on Thursday, the administrative tribunal dismissed an objection to the Al-Kindi school's opening lodged by France's higher education council.
The council took up the issue after the head of the Academy of Lyon, which oversees local area schools, decided not to allow the school to open in September citing safety and hygiene including ground pollution and a high pressure gas pipe near the school.
But some said that permission for the school to open had been denied because of its Muslim character.
However, the administrative court ruled that the objection raised by the state education council did not provide enough grounds for denying the school permission to open.
The school which will receive financial support from France's Muslim community will cost some 700,000 euros a year to operate
Source: Al-arab Online (English)
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