'Radical' Muslim Woman Can't be French Citizen

Officials say religion doesn't jell with French values like sex equality
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
A woman clad in a burqa in Islamabad, Pakistan.    (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
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(Newser) – France has rejected a Muslim woman’s application for citizenship because her “radical practice of her religion” doesn’t fit French values, especially in terms of gender equality, the Guardian reports. Faiza M., who wears a burqa, speaks French and lives in Paris with a French national husband and three children born in the country, but was denied citizenship by France’s top administrators after officials called her “insufficiently assimilated.”

Social services noted Faiza’s “total submission to her male relatives.” In her appeal, she argued that France’s constitution supports religious freedom. The case has sparked controversy in the country.  “If you follow that to its logical conclusion, it means that women whose partners beat them are also not worthy of being French,” said a law professor. And Le Monde asked, “Is the burqa incompatible with French citizenship?”