France burka ban: Q&A
What does the new law do?
It prevents any woman wearing full-face veils in public.
Is it directed as Muslims?
The text makes no mention of Islam, but President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government promoted the law as a means to "protect" women from being forced to wear Muslim full-face veils such as the burka or the niqab.
Is it democratic?
The bill was passed by the French Parliament last year, with the Senate voting by 246 votes to one in favour.
Who will it affect?
Fewer than 2,000 French women are believed to actually wear a full face veil.
What is the punishment?
A fine of 150 euros (£133) and/or a course of citizenship lessons. A man who forces a woman to go veiled will be fined 30,000 euros (£25,000) and serve a jail term.
What are the main arguments in favour of the ban?
The veil alienates and so stigmatises Muslim women and it creates security problems.
Who opposes the ban?
Muslims and libertarians who think people should be allowed to wear what they want.
What other European countries have voted for a ban?
The Belgian lower house of parliament voted in April to ban all clothing that covers or partially covers the face, but it was dissolved before the law could be enforced.
Will other countries follow suit?
Movements to ban the garments have gained ground across Europe. Polls in Italy, Spain, Germany and Britain have indicated widespread support.
whats your opinion on this controversial topic? i find it very hard to make a standpoint cause both sides have their fare share of reasons and the whole thing is about far more fundamental things than just the face veil...
part of the reason i wrote this post is becasue i was shocked about the comments on german news sites that i found to be borderline racist and ignorant.
some more background on wiki about the Burqa and the France debate over veils
Edited by Nukm at 19:40 BST, 11 April 2011 - 90767 Hits