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France Says I Have To Hide My Religion


 

Women covered from neck to feet with their heads wrapped in a hijab and face bearing a veil. They only bear their hands in public because these women are associated with Islam and Muslim.  Their way of life may soon be changing when left in the hands of France.

“Citizenship should be experienced with an uncovered face,” said President Nicolas Sarkozy at a cabinet meeting. He is the 23rd President of the French Republic.

The draft law was presented by French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie. It will be the first step in forbidding such attire in all public places in France. To implement this a fine will paid of $185 if any women are caught breaking the law.

The bill will go before parliament in July. Sarkozy states that such veils oppress women and wants the law banning them immediately. According to a copy of the text anyone convicted of forcing a woman to wear a veil risk a year in prison and fine of $18,555.

Not only is France pushing the law, but a similar law is taking place in Belgium. In 2004 France banned Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols from classrooms.

France has a Islam population of a least 5 million, considered to be the largest in Europe. Women are already reacting to the banning law which has been in the works for about a year.

“To tell a sister you can’t wear this veil is to say you can’t practice your religion,” said a woman identifying herself as Oum Al Khyr, of Montreuil, on the edge of eastern Paris.

If passed the law will not be in effect until 2011.

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May 25, 2010 - Posted by | International

1 Comment »

  1. Can you please tell me who made the photo of the woman in the veil above? I would like to purchase the rights to use it? Thanks,

    Comment by Carolyn Jourdan | October 31, 2012 | Reply


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