Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Breaking: French lawmakers approve bill to ban 'burqa' in public places

French lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the wearing of the full Islamic veil in public places. Of 577 MPs, 335 voted in support of the bill, which must now be approved by the French Senate. France 24

PARIS July 13 (Reuters) - French lawmakers on Tuesday voted to ban full-length veils in public places, putting France on the road to becoming the second European country to take steps to make wearing the burqa or niqab a criminal offence. France is home to Europe's largest Muslim minority, with about 5 million Muslims.

The law, which must still be approved by the Senate, would mean women wearing the veil in public can be fined 150 euros ($189). It now goes to the constitutional council for a review.

The Belgium lower house of parliament voted in April to ban all clothing that covers or partially covers the face.

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