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French burka ban
France's decision to ban the full-face veil has provoked outrage among Muslim and human rights groups who accuse the government of trying to win back votes from the far right Front National. Anyone defying the ban, risks a fine although police say it will be difficult to enforce.
France is set to become the second country in Europe to ban the burka. President Nicolas Sarkozy says that his government is defending France’s secular values and protecting women's rights. His critics see Islamophobia and political opportunism …
France's burka ban comes into effect Monday. With certain exceptions, anyone wearing clothing that hides their face in public will face a 150-euro fine and anyone forcing them to do so will be liable to 30,000-euro fine, or 60,000 euros in the case …