Sarkozy Pushes for Burka Ban

But it's 'essential that no one felt stigmatized,' says French prez
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 9:23 AM CST
A woman wearing the niqab in Marseille, southern France.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy restated his support for a ban on the wearing of burkas in his country in a New Year's address today—while stressing that any decision should await the results of a parliamentary inquiry on the subject, which are expected later this month. While Sarkozy’s own party is advocating swift movement on a total ban, the Guardian reports the inquiry is likely to recommend a partial ban that applies to state buildings like post offices.

While asserting that “the full veil is not welcome in France because it runs contrary to our values and contrary to the idea we have of a woman's dignity,” Sarkozy said “it would be wise to wait for its consultations and reflections.” He added that it is “essential that no one felt stigmatized” by any law.

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