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VIDEO: My Parisian life: working in ‘the heart of the luxury industry’

When it comes to luxury brands, no city can compete with Paris. But beyond the glamorous ads in glossy magazines or on billboards, what's the industry really like for those who work in it?

VIDEO: My Parisian life: working in 'the heart of the luxury industry'
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In partnership with ESSEC Business School, The Local takes a closer look at the luxury sector – and how to land a top job within it. In the video below, two graduates of ESSEC’s Global MBA in Luxury Brand Management share their stories and insights from the heart of the luxury industry. 
 
 
 

This video was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by ESSEC Business School.

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Austrian MPs give green light to headscarf ban in primary schools

Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.

Austrian MPs give green light to headscarf ban in primary schools
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So as to avoid charges that the law discriminates against Muslims, the text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.

However, representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), have made it clear that the law is targeted at the Islamic headscarf.

FPOe education spokesman Wendelin Moelzer said the law was “a signal against political Islam” while OeVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from “subjugation”.

The government says the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys or the Jewish kippa would not be affected.

Austria's official Muslim community organisation IGGOe has previously condemned the proposals as “shameless” and a “diversionary tactic”.

The IGGOe says that in any case only a “miniscule number” of girls would be affected.

Opposition MPs almost all voted against the measure, with some accusing the government of focusing on garnering positive headlines rather than child welfare.

The government admits that the law is likely to be challenged at Austria's constitutional court, either on grounds of religious discrimination or because similar legislation affecting schools is normally passed with a two-thirds majority of MPs.

The OeVP and FPOe formed a coalition in late 2017 after elections in which both parties took a tough anti-immigration stance and warned of the dangers of so-called “parallel societies”.

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