July 13th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Burqa ban passes French lower house overwhelmingly

France's lower house of parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ban on any veils that cover the face - including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

The vote was 335 to 1. The measure must still go to the French Senate before it becomes law. The Senate is expected to vote on it in the week of September 20.

Amnesty International immediately condemned the vote. "A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or the
niqab in public as an expression of their identity or beliefs," said John
Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's expert on discrimination in Europe.

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  1. Hany

    Way to go France, it is about time. I imigrated to Canada from Egypt on the hope of living in a civilized western society and I was, and still am, willing to be a follower to the rules that this society have, sadly I find that imigrants from the old world are the ones imposing their culture. Their is a fine line between tolerence multicultrism embracing other cultures .. and being unable to protect your own heritage and the good morals ideals that you already have.

    July 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MORNINGWOODY

    Way to go Frenchies. America will be there shortly. How in the hell does anyone know that indeed it is a woman under that get up?

    July 14, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. jane

    Why does Amnesty International speak out as forcefully about Islamic countries that require the burka?

    July 14, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sally

    This is so disheartening..

    July 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |