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Category: Religious News
France - Forbidden Veil
PARIS (AP) - France's interior minister says that since a ban on
face-covering Islamic veils took effect in April only six women
have been convicted and fined.
Claude Gueant said in an interview with the daily Le Monde
published Monday that no woman has been sent to a citizenship class
- another potential punishment.
Controversy surrounded the law. Muslim leaders, most of them
opposed to burqa-style veils, say it stigmatizes all followers of
Gueant says police cited a total of 237 women but only six were
convicted. He expressed surprise that nearly a quarter of the women
police questioned had converted to Islam.
Backers say the law is aimed at ensuring France's secular values
and gender equality and nipping radical Islam in the bud.