September 14th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

France approves burqa ban

The French Senate approved Tuesday a law banning any veils that cover the face - including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women.

The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament in July and is supported by a majority of people in France.

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  1. Dana

    Its about time. I wish they would do that in the states.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      I hope we never sink so low as to deprive people of their religious freedom.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy C

      Let it never happen here. There is nothing more beautiful than cultural diversity.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • flannery

      such an ignorant response.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Smithers

      The Burqua makes the purpose and their intent unrecognizable it is like wearing sunglasses over ones entire body. It only works in a place where woman have no rights. In France for instance where woman have rights they have power and therefore wearing a Burka makes be a threat to society.

      Imagine if a man walked into to your store wearing a full body mask, would that make you feel safe?

      September 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alhassan salifu

    This is really sad.If people are allowed to wear what ever pleases them then why can't muslims be allowed to wear what their religiom require from them.Why this hatred for islam?Allah will surely fight for us

    September 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cat

      >religion require from them

      there's your problem right there.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      Does that mean we can expect more aircraft flown into building?

      September 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sebek

      Full veil in public is not justified, specially in todays climate of terrorists, suicide bombers etc. There are many cases of male suicide bombers in full veil burkas. Also, how does one get their pictures taken for things such as driver license. How will a store verify someone with a picture ID. These are all legitimate needs. Islam should drop this need for their women to be covered head-to-toe, just like all other religions have dropped it. Then, this law will be a non-issue to muslims.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mVT

      I believe this law is irresponsible and tramples on religious freedom. As a non-muslim I am still frightened of it's precedence and potential "slippery slope". I also see that most people do not realize that religious purdah is not purely an element of Islam. The laws of religious purdah began with Zoroastrianism and were adopted by the Jews (Hassidem) and Christians (think Nuns) before being further prescribed by Mohammed to Muslims.

      I think the law should have been stated as a defense of CHOICE to practice purdah. Verbal and Physical intimidation per religious context should be punished with extra harshness as "Hate Laws" prescribe in the US.

      Indeed, there are millions of women who would throw off their burqas if they felt that society would legitimize and protect them. Making criminals of the millions more who wear burqas freely is not the answer.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy C

      It's ridiculous to defend this law by saying, in effect, that "veils can be used to cover bombs". Well, so can briefcases, purses, backpacks, and so forth. Should we forbid men from carrying their laptops in anything but see-through bags? Should women be asked to leave the purse at home? Must kids go to school without a book bag? Should all of us go outside without coats in winter?

      If someone is determined to make a bomb, they do not need a burqa to hide it–there are plenty of other ways.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texan

    It is THEIR country. Don't like it? LEAVE.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sebek

      err.... many muslims are born in France... and in USA and UK etc. So these folks are citizens of the country.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thetruth

    Does anyone else feel their feet slipping down this "slippery slope"? What religious item will be next?

    September 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy C

      Probably the yarmulka and a Sikh's turban is next. A nun's habit and other priestly garb will come later. This can't end well.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tex

    Why the paranoia? Terrorists and criminals. Try wearing a ski mask to a bank in the summer. It is an insult to the majority when nonconformists refuse to honor the local traditions. I would not expect to go to their ands and wear offensive clothing. In fact, Levis are banned in most Arab countries.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy C

      Wearing a ski mask to the bank in summer is obviously criminal intent. Wearing a burqa is religious garb that happens to cover more than the usual amount of flesh that Americans are used to. There is nothing criminal about this.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Nice idea but its probably too late for France. The Muslims will simply have more kids and vote Islamic in in a few decades. They have already won.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HernandezUSA

    From what I have read the burqa has NOTHING do with Islam, but comes instead from old middle eastern customs and keeping women segregated from society.

    France has ever right to keep their traditions and to make sure French woman are not kept in 2nd class status based on foreign social customs vs actual religious requirements.

    If the rest of Europe had any brains or balls they would follow Frances progressive lead in protecting woman.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      I agree. Too many people confuse Arabic custom with Islamic law. Southeast Asian Molem women do not wear Burkas unless they are immigrants or married to someone who requires it. More free but still under the thumb.

      September 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. duke

    Before they brought slaves to this here land they first had to convince their people that the African's were uncivilized and didn't deserve to be free or have rights,But first they had to convince that same crowd that the natives of this land ate their young and didn't deserve to be free or have any rights,That same crowd is alive and kicking in thought and policy.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cat

    For all of you who do live in the US, do remember your country is based on religious tolerance, and this includes ALL religions. No one has any right to be judged on their religion alone, and those who believe that getting rid of a religion is an answer are wrong. In fact, it proves the terrorists right in a way. That America is indeed a close-minded country.

    Unless you have thoroughly researched Islam and its practices, you should not try to make that judgement call.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. thetruth

    Yep, it is the precedence it sets that I find disturbing. It is only a small next step to the next ban of some other item.

    September 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duke

    White men in suit's almost destroyed this country recently(AIG,Wallstreet,Bankers)so why no ban on them??crooked politicians of the left and the right wear suits and they are ruining lives at A much faster rate than any "terrorist group" could dream of!!

    September 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. duke

    Live in fear you pawns!!

    September 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    The burka has nothing to do with religion. The purpose of the burka is to hide a women's face when her husband don't want anyone to see her face. Either for jealousy, or she is too ugly.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr Smithers

    The Burqua makes the purpose and their intent unrecognizable it is like wearing sunglasses over ones entire body. It only works in a place where woman have no rights. In France for instance where woman have rights they have power and therefore wearing a Burka makes be a threat to society.

    Imagine if a man walked into to your store wearing a full body mask, would that make you feel safe?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. riteon

    France, you have courage , stop this attack on your culture. I am an american of Polish origin. Here muslims are gaining a stonghold, because we are a mixed society it is more diifficult to control. I have visited France ansupport your efforts. Hopefully we here in the US will do the same. I doubt it.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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