French Parliament Debates Islamic Veil Ban

July 6, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

The French parliament is debating plans to ban the wearing of full Islamic veils in public.

The bill in front of the lower house would make it illegal to wear the niqab or burka anywhere in public.

It envisages fines of 150 euros (£119) for women who break the law and 30,000 euros and a year jail term for men who force their wives to wear the burka.

A vote on the proposed legislation will be taken next week before a full vote in the senate in September.