October 7th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Officials rule France burqa ban legal

France's plan to ban the burqa and other Islamic face coverings in public places is legal, top constitutional authorities in France ruled Thursday, clearing the final hurdle before the ban becomes law.

In September the French senate approved the law – making France the first European country to nationally impose such a measure. The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament in July. It is scheduled to come into effect in the spring.

French people back the ban by a margin of more than four to one, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found in a survey earlier this year.

Some 82 percent of people polled approved of a ban, while 17 percent disapproved. That was the widest support the Washington-based think tank found in any of the five countries it surveyed.

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  1. Christine

    My personal belief is that the burqa is oppressive to women. However, it is also a symbol of their faith. I don't think any government should have a say in it. It would be like banning the yamuke. It is symbolic in the faith. I think this was a case of xenophobia and religious bias.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. wyominguy

    Applause to France for taking a step that the Rest of the World should follow!

    October 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. makoye

    GREAT! GOD BLESS NICOLOUS SCOUZY,GOD BLESS FRANCE,IT'S MEN WHO FORCE WOMEN TO WEAR IT,BURGA/FULL VEIL IS A MOBILE PRISON USA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES YOU CAN LEARN FROM FRANCE TO LEAVE WOMEN WEAR BURGA IN WESTERN IS THE SAME AS TALIBAN WHO FORCE THEM

    October 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. hassan

    more than 80% of women who wear burga are forced with their husbands or family even here in united state its time to act like france!

    October 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. john

    egypt and turkey 99% are muslims but they dont like burga in turkey they ban in some gorvement place

    October 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tom

    Why is this such a big problem for Muslims? It's nothing compared to crashing planes into buildings or cutting off someone's head, making a video of it, and showing it to the world to protest an ancient hatred. Is it that now you won't be able to hide your faces anymore? You are no different than the KKK in the US.

    October 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amanda

      It was a few people that decided to take those actions. It is not representative of the entire Islamic community. That is saying because a few radical whites extablished the KKK, all whites in America are now racist against minorities. It is ignorant to believe that is the case. Every ethnicity has its good side and its side that they are ashamed of. You can not assume because there are a few people that are doing the wrong things, everyone is wrong and evil. America and many other countries made that mistake before and you would think by now, in the 21st century they have learned from their mistake.

      July 1, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rockie

    God bless France who had the balls to do what the US and UK and other countries haven't done. The burga has nothing to do with Mohamand and his laws, it has to do with the filthy men who force their women into slavery and take away their humanity. the men who think nothing of killing their wives, daughters and sisters and think it's their right and call it Sharia law for whatever stupid reason they come up with. They are the imbeciles who kill Gods female children and actually think God will bless them for their stupidity. There is a special place in hell for you people.

    October 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Abhiram

    Wow that is a horrible law. All people deserve religious freedoms is the government of France really that bad. I have always wanted to go to France but not anymore. I would hate going to any place full of stupidity. In response to some other comments some people do not have the money or resources to just move from country to country. France please be nice and fair.

    October 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Rachael

    As long as the Muslim population of any given country remains around 1% they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not a threat to anyone, but as their numbers grow so will their demands. The US had better start paying attention to what is going on in Europe.

    http://avideditor.wordpress.com/2008/03/16/islam-is-not-a-religion-nor-is-it-a-cult-it-is-a-complete-system/

    October 9, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. phil

    @ Jordan, true religious customs change. I can't speak for Muslims for I haven't studied the Koran. The bible however, has not changed. This book has always recomended modest dress.

    October 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Rocks

    I clear terms the law is good enough.

    October 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Keithmj

    Way to go France..Hopefully the United States will follow suit. If you don't like the law then leave. Why should us INFiDELS have to bow to islam? "When in France do as the French".
    The burqa ban has nothing to do with religious freedom so get over it.

    October 29, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jean

    WHY SHOULD ANY ONE COVER THIER FACES THAT,S BULL SHOW Y OUR DAM FACE,S WE DO AND WHERE PROUD OF IT IF YOU COVER YOUR FACE,S YOUR WRONG WE DON,T DO THIS IN OUR COUNTRY IF WHITE,S OR BLACK,S DID IT WE WOULD BE IN DAM JAIL.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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