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No burqa in public places, we are French

Posted Sep 14, 2010 by Matteo Marras
By means of the Senate becomes law in France, the ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil in public places. Women can no longer wear the burqa and the niqab in shops, parks, schools, hospitals, transport, in short in all public places.
A typical burqa (burka) veils the complete face
A typical burqa (burka) veils the complete face
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By means of the Senate becomes law in France, the ban on women wearing the full Islamic veil in public places. Women can no longer wear the burqa and the niqab in shops, parks, schools, hospitals, transport, in short in all public places.
After approval of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, senators and then touches give the green light today to the bill which provides for a fine of 150 euros for offenders and more severe penalties (up to one year in prison and 30 thousand euro fine) for those who force a woman to wear the veil. The measure has sparked numerous controversies and grossed a negative opinion of the State Council, while an appeal was submitted to the Constitutional Council.
The Council of Muslim Faith, the main representative body of Muslims in France, has expressed its opposition to a project 'that threatens to stigmatize Islam', when the full veil is worn by fewer than 2,000 women out of a total 5-6 million Muslims. Remains unanswered by the opponents of the law, however, the question underlying the rule: the burqa is compatible with the full recognition of women's rights and the needs of public safety of a liberal society, the rights recognized in the Constitution?