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French PM asks state council to study burqa

French PM asks state council to study burqa

France's prime minister has asked the State Council to study the legal possibilities that would allow banning face-covering veils in France.
Francois Fillon's letter to the council comes the same week a parliamentary committee recommended forbidding burqa-like garments in public services but stopped short of recommending a ban of such dress on the street.
The prime minister's letter requests the council, which rules on the validity of French laws, to help the government determine how to put in place laws that would make the wearing of all-encompassing veils illegal.
President Nicolas Sarkozy favors an all out ban, saying such garments have no place in France and that the dress debases women. The letter was released Friday.


Updated : 2021-03-03 10:52 GMT+08:00