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
While we have your attention...
An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.
Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.
Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.
Adolf Hitler was the first European leader to ban human zoos.