French parliament approves ban on face veils - Yahoo! Canada News
PARIS - France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a ban on wearing burqa-style Islamic veils Tuesday, part of a concerted effort to define and protect French values that has disconcerted many in the country's large Muslim community.
Proponents of the law say face-covering veils don't square with the French ideal of women's equality or its secular tradition. The bill is controversial abroad but popular in France, where its relatively few outspoken critics say conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy has resorted to xenophobia to attract far-right voters.
The ban on burqas and niqabs will go in September to the Senate, where it also is likely to pass. Its biggest hurdle will likely come after that, when France's constitutional watchdog scrutinizes it. Some legal scholars say there is a chance it could be deemed unconstitutional.
Not really sure how to feel about this. On one end I really dislike the Burqa and the Niqab because it infringes on Womans right, although having said that I know some muslim woman that are quite happy to wear it and explained to me in great detail why they feel it's appropriate.
On the other hand banning it is against freedom of religion, and the secularist argument is mute, secularism should extend to government, not the individual, however one COULD make the argument that if woman are being forced to wear these two garments against their will, technically you're not protecting freedom of religion, but that's a case by case basis.