France: Burqa-Wearers To Be Fined 700 Euros
WOMEN who wear Islamic veils in public could be liable to a £700 fine under laws being formulated in France.
Men who force women to cover their faces could face fines of double that amount.
Jean-Francois Cope, president of Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP Party in the French parliament, said the legislation was intended to protect the “dignity” and “security” of women.
He is set to file the draft law in the National Assembly after Mr Sarkozy said veils were “not welcome” as they intimidated and alienated non-Muslims.
“We want a ban in public areas,” said Mr Cope, making it clear that he did not want the veil to be allowed in public buildings nor on the streets. But there would be exceptions for cultural events. Anyone refusing to pay the fine could be arrested and eventually face jail.