L’interdiction du niqab dans les espaces publiques en France / The ban on full-face veils in public spaces in France

The French cabinet has approved a draft law to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public spaces, opening the way for the text to go before parliament in July. “French cabinet approves veil ban,” Al Jazeera English, May 20, 2010.

See also, “French Cabinet Approves Bill Banning Facial Veils (Update1),” Bloomberg Businessweek, May 19, 2010.

For the details of the draft law, see “Les principaux points de la loi,” Le Monde (lemonde.fr avec AFP), le 19 mai 2010.

On the origins of the burqa and the niqab, see “BURQA, NIQAB, HIDJAB: Les différents voiles islamiques,” Le Point (LePoint.fr), le 19 juin 2009.

See also “Les différents types de voile musulman,” Le Monde (lemonde.fr), le 24 juiin 2009, mis à jour le 18 mai 2010.

For the latest on developments in France, see “La majorité envisage de faire interdire le niqab par référendum,” Le Monde (lemonde.fr), le 19 mai 2010.

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