It has been a contentious issue across France for several years as it has been in many European countries – women wearing religious veils. Today the country has been reacting to the news of proposals for a partial ban on the burqa and neqab.
In a 200 page report by a commission of deputies, France has become the first nation in Europe to take a national stance on the issue with this partial ban. The speaker spelled out the reasons.
“The wearing of the full veil is a challenge to our Republic. We must condemn this excess. The veil represents everything France rejects. It is the symbol of enslavement of women and as the report says the flag of extremist fundamentalism,” explained Bernard Accoyer, Speaker of the French Assembly
The ban would apply to public transport and government buildings. There are 1,900 women in France who wear the full veils, according to the interior ministry, in a country with the largest Muslim population in western Europe.
“The most important thing is to satisfy God. What other people think doesn’t matter. They won’t be here when we die, the day of ressurection when we all will be in front of our Lord,” said one woman, another gave her reaction. “We live in a free country where everybody should have the right to do what they want.”
The report also recommended that anyone showing visible signs of “radical religious practice” should be refused citizenship. The drafting of a bill and a parliamentary debate will now follow.