Monday, April 11, 2011
France has banned people from wearing full-face veils in public. The practical affect of this ban has been to prevent Muslim women from wearing burqas and niqabs (a sort of head and face cover). Proponents of the law argue that the niqab and burqa demean women, as well as represent security threats because they mask a person's identity. Critics of the law argue that it violates religious freedom.