French legislation bans burka
September 15, 2010
The French senate has approved a bill that bars Islamic women from wearing the burka in public.
The bill, already approved by the lower house of the French legislature, makes it illegal to wear a veil that completely covers the face. Although the legislation does not specifically mention Islam, the measure has stirred protests about religious freedom, since its obvious impact is upon Muslim women. The law will go into effect in April 2011.