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19 January 2018 23:17 (South Africa)

France passes burqa ban

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

On Tuesday the French senate voted 246 to 1 to pass a law prohibiting the public wearing of full-face veils. The bill still needs to be reviewed by the country's Constitutional Council, which has a month to complete this process, before coming into effect. Although the bill does not specifically mention Islam, French president Nicolas Sarkozy has championed it as a means to prevent Muslim women from being forced to wear the burqa or niqab. He doesn't seem to appreciate the irony of French government now forcing them not to do so. Read more: Sapa-AFP, via Times Live

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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