How Rude: France Condemns the Veil
Posted on May 11, 2010
It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”
The non-binding resolution was passed unanimously, although 30 communist deputies walked out in protest.
Legislation to ban the full-face veil in public is expected later this year.
The proposal has provoked intense debate about religious freedom in a secular society, and the position of Muslims in France.
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