France Considers Burka Ban

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2009 11:01 AM CDT
Women wearing the niqab in Cairo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – France’s parliament is making noises about banning head-to-toe Islamic women’s dress such as the burka and niqab, the Times of London reports. Opponents called the the dress “a moving prison” and a “tomb," and say it's cropping up more in big cities. If the burka is “contrary to republican principles,” a minister said, “naturally parliament would have to draw the necessary conclusions.” The nation banned headscarves from public schools a few years ago after a controversial debate.
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