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The Italian government has begun its appeal against a decision by the European Court of Human Rights to ban crucifixes in school classrooms.

The court ruled last November in favour of an Italian woman who said the crucifixes violated her right to raise her children in a secular way.

Parallels are now being drawn to the French ban on face veils and headscarves often worn by Muslim women.

Al Jazeera's Tim Friend reports.

Source: Al Jazeera