Burqa in public places to attract fine in France

The amount could be doubled for Muslim men who force their wives or other female members of their family to cover their faces, “The Daily Mail” has reported.

Jean-Francois Cope, president of Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP Party in the French parliament, said the new legislation was intended to protect the “dignity” and “security” of women. He is set to file the draft law in the National Assembly after Sarkozy said veils are “not welcome” as they intimidate and alienate non-Muslims, especially in a secular country like France.

“We want a ban in public areas,” said Cope, making clear that the veil would not be allowed in public buildings, nor on the streets of France, as it encourages extremism.

Cope said: “The wearing of the burqas will be subject to a fine, probably of the fourth class, which is to say 750 euros.” He said the fine would apply to “all people on the public street whose face is entirely covered”.

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