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Santa Claus BANNED from French primary schools as he’s TOO CHRISTIAN

A pair of headmistresses from Huningue, an eastern town on the border with Germany, said Saint Nicholas – the original Santa Claus – was a “religious figure,” and used their veto power in a bid to “protect the country’s secular values”.

The saint was a generous 4th century Greek bishop who liked to give gifts secretly. He would, for example, put coins in shoes that were left out for him, leading him to be the model for Father Christmas.

But the shock news children did not get a visit from the beloved gift giver on November 8 –

The local mayor, Jean Marc Deichtmann, condemned the headmistress’ “personal” decision to ban Saint Nicholas from coming to school, and said he could not understand why they had let him come to school bearing gifts last year, but did not let him pay a visit to the children this year.



Both schools are in Huningue, on the border with Germany

We are surprised and disappointed by your decision to deprive school children of this joyful experience

Mayor of Huningue

Mr Deichtmann penned a letter to the two headmistresses in which he expressed his disbelief.

He wrote: “We have received a number of complaints from angry parents, who have let us know that you chose to ban Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of school children, in the name of secularism.”

Mr Deichtmann concluded that, like all festive occasions, Saint Nicholas day “brought people together,” before adding that parents felt “stigmatised” by the ban.


Father Christmas is based on Saint Nicholas

He wrote: “We are surprised and disappointed by your decision to deprive school children of this joyful experience.

“Every child in Huningue celebrated Saint Nicholas at school, with their friends.

“Parents need to know why you chose to cancel such a major, symbolic event. Claiming that you did so to defend secularism isn’t enough.

The two mistresses, whose identities have not been disclosed by the mayor to prevent tensions escalating, have declined to comment on the controversial ban.

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