French Panel Supports Veil Restrictions
In a 200 page report, a French parliamentary panel recommended that the French government ban veils in public facilities, including mass transit and hospitals. The panel, commissioned by parliament with the intent of banning the wearing of the veil anywhere in France, referred to it as a “radical religious practice.” UMP lawmaker Eric Raoult told reporters that he believed that the ban would be passed by the end of 2010. The reporters were careful not to offend France’s 5 million Muslims, many who believe that the veil ban is directed at them. The panel used 200 experts for its final draft, and any action will probably have to wait until the March regional elections.
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