France Warned By Top Admin Body Against Total Veil Ban
March 30, 2010
The ruling came amidst a heated debate that has raged for months, over whether or not the banning of veils for Muslim women is unconstitutional.
Prime Minister Francois Fillon went to the council for their opinion on the matter before drafting a law that would have them banned completely in public places, but the ruling came that it would violate the rights of Muslims to make such a thing illegal.
But despite this, Sarkozy’s party is expected to pass the law, ignoring the advise of the council.
They did concede, however, that faces should be required to be uncovered in certain public places, such as schools and hospitals, to protect against identity fraud and other risks.
Sarkozy’s party argues that allow a compromise on the issue will invite misunderstanding of the law.