A document on implementing the law, made public Wednesday by the Education Ministry, is so imprecise that one leading French daily, Le Figaro, wrote that bandanas would be forbidden while another, Le Monde, said that bandanas might be acceptable.
“The situation risks becoming worse than before,” Philippe Guittet, a union leader for school principals, told Le Monde.
The National Teachers’ Union joined the criticism, saying that the document “adds to the confusion.”
The text is a working paper to be circulated to schools around France once it is finalized. It spells out how the law, which is to take effect with the new school year in September, will be applied.