Thursday, 22 September 2011

French Court Issues First Niqab Fines

MEAUX, France — A French police court slapped fines on women for wearing the full-face covering Islamic niqab veil for the first time on Thursday, in a case that could have legal implications across Europe.
Police have issued several on-the-spot fines since the ban came into effect in April but the hearing saw the first two court-issued fines, and the pair vowed to appeal their case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.
France is not the only country to try to ban the Muslim full-face veil -- Belgium and some Italian cities have similar laws while other countries are planning to follow suit -- so a European ruling could have broad effect.

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