French mother Bouchra Bagour on trial for 9/11 T-shirt

Bouchra Bagour at the start of her trial, 19 December Bouchra Bagour denies the T-shirt was intended as a provocation

A mother has gone on trial in southern France for sending her son to nursery school wearing a T-shirt reading "I am a bomb" and "Born on 11 September".

Bouchra Bagour, 35, was reported to police by the teacher last September, and charged with "glorifying crime".

At the start of her trial in Avignon, she denied defending terrorism.

Ms Bagour's brother - who gave the T-shirt to her three-year-old son named Jihad - is a co-defendant in the case and also denies the charge.

The garment, which the boy wore to school in Sorgues near Avignon on 24 September, read "I am a bomb" on the front and "Jihad, born on 11 September" on the back.

On Wednesday Ms Bagour told the court she had put it on him "without stopping to think about it".

She insisted it was not meant as a provocation and stressed that her son had been born on 11 September.

Zeyad Bagour said he had never sought to defend any cause by buying the T-shirt.

"It's the day his birth I wanted to highlight, not the year," he told the court.

The prosecution argued that the defendants had shown no regret.

"Who can claim that this is not an direct and scandalous allusion to terrorism?" a prosecutor asked.

He called for a fine of 1,000 euros (£870; $1,300) against Ms Bagour and 3,000 euros for her brother.

The trial has been adjourned until next month.

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