Face-covering veils may be banned in France - Macleans.ca

Face-covering veils may be banned in France

Parliamentary report wants veil outlawed in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit


A parliamentary panel has issued a nearly 200-page report containing several measures intended to dissuade women from wearing veils in France. It also recommends refusing residency and citizenship to anyone with visible signs of a “radical religious practice.” But there is no call to outlaw such garments—worn by a small minority of Muslims—in private areas and in the street. A full ban was the major issue that divided the 32-member, multiparty panel which ultimately heeded warnings that a full ban risked being deemed unconstitutional. Conservative lawmaker Eric Raoult, the panel’s No. 2 member, said later that he foresaw a limited ban in the public sector “before the end of the year.” As envisaged by the panel, a ban would require that people show their faces when entering a public facility and, “keep the face uncovered throughout their presence.” Failure to do so would result “in a refusal to deliver the service demanded.” That means, for instance, that a woman seeking state funds commonly accorded to mothers would walk away empty-handed. The veil is widely viewed in France as a gateway to extremism, an insult to gender equality and an offence to France’s secular foundation. A 2004 French law bans Muslim headscarves from primary and secondary school classrooms.

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Face-covering veils may be banned in France

  1. am sorry if this sounds racist but it is not. That country belongs to the people of France. If they choose to make it a law banning these costumes, then that is their right. If the Muslims don't like it, then don't move there. Heaven knows Muslim Countries certainly don't bend over backwards to accommodate anyone at all from other countries that go there.

  2. Should it, if they choose to separate themselves from the (rather broad) mainstream of French life?

    • at the same time they should ban nuns from wearing their traditional dress.. you can't just single out one race ..by the way france's leader is half hungarian, that is why he is only half annoying

  3. So, how about the 5 million french citizens who are Muslims, many of them second or third generation French, some of whom(1900 apparently) decide to wear this. The country doesn't belong to them?