Arriving in France on a flight from Doha, Qatar, three Saudi nationals were denied entry when they refused to comply with the French edict to remove their face veils.
reported an official with the SGP-FO police union confirmed the women were refused entry by border police, and returned on a flight to Doha the same day.
The controversial French 'burqa ban' came into effect on April 11, 2011. Women who flout the ban are subject to fines of €150. When the law was introduced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said
the burqa was a sign of subjugation, stressing "it will not be welcome on our territory."
According to Arabian Business
Gulf-based travel agencies said the French ban had not deterred tourists from Saudi Arabia from travelling to France. A spokesperson for Saudi-based Al Tayyar Travel Group said "France is the capital of fashion [and] ladies they will never give up going to France."
reported approximately 300 women have been caught breaking the law by appearing in pubic in a full face veil, since the law was introduced. However, chasing burqa rule breakers is not high on the list of priorities of the French police.