It always cracks me up when progressives say the US should be more like France.
There is a high level of anti-Muslim sentiment in France right now. France is xenophobic in general, but when it comes to Middle Easterners it's in a league of its own. This should not surprise observers, although it does set a dangerous precedent for what the government there has the ability to tell people to do.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
A bad move.
France should combat the immigration, not the immigrates' religion.
The French culture is indeed in danger, but the best way to solve it would be to create laws that limit the immigration of non-French, particularly Muslims, into France.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
The burqa, the chador, the yarmulke, the cross--these are not mere tokens of religious exercise but are for many fundamental expressions of who they are.
Banning such things is proscribing the diverse identities of a diverse population.
The government of France may have the right to enact such things. That does not make it right to enact such things.
If it was in the US, I would be strongly opposed. I am not French, and they are free to do as they want. I still don't like it though.