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French tourism to suffer

French tourism to suffer

Will the controversial Burqa ban cost France millions in tourism and damage its international reputation abroad? The BBC’S Rajan Datar investigates.

March 8, 2011 1:32 by

France will start enforcing a ban in April on full Islamic face veils, meaning any veiled woman can be summoned to a police station and asked to remove her face-covering or pay a fine.

Since France is the second most popular holiday destination for Middle Eastern travelers, and veiled women are a regular sight in the luxury stores on Paris shopping boulevards, the country risks losing hundreds of Middle Eastern visitors.

Read more: France’s burqa ban: Do you agree?

Source: BBC

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  1. Basel A-Shaban on March 9, 2011 8:14 am

    Whether Niqab is religiously demanded by Islam or not, all those Muslim Europeans (yes, your country men and women) enjoys the same freedom as the rest of European citizen regardless of religion, ethnic back ground, colour or creed. Do not you, or anyone else for that matter, go shoving ideology down their throats just because Europe do not want to see that the extreme minority of Muslim women ware Niqab. If you look at images of the Virgin Mary, you will see that all her pictures and statues refelect that she is wearing a head cover similar to an extent to the Muslim Hijab, who said that Hijab or Burqa is only for Muslims. We all can recall pictures from Europe 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18th century where aristocrats wealthy women going out in public not only with there head covered but also with half of their face too (as the Muslim Niqabies do today) Obviously, many readers have not been to villages in Italy or France where older women walk down the street in public with their head covered. It is called MODESTY. Muslim women chose to wear Niqab, yes it is there choice, many of them are not even married or Western converts, so please do not tell me it is the husband decision. Many Muslim women made the choice of not wearing the hijab/vail, that is their decision, does not make them worse or better than anyone else who is wearing it. This is a religious personal choice protected by the constitution and the civil liberties of their respected European countries. The same laws that protect your civil rights also protect theirs. Some people chose to go in public half naked, some people chose to be modest, who said the half naked group has more rights to dress as they please than the modest one. It is a shame when modesty is considered oppression yet being half naked is considered acceptable and modern. It is a pure ignorance for those who thinks that Muslim women are unable to dress the way they want, just because they dress differently from you does not make you better. We really need to examine our ethics and priorities. What’s next, you’re going to ask for Nuns not to cover their heads. What about men wearing their traditional Arabic headgear?? What I find extremely interesting is that the ones who express their opinion on the Islamic atayer of women, are not Muslims and have no idea what they are talking about.

  2. Dr.ETSH on March 9, 2011 1:36 pm

    Are not you a democratic country? Are not you demand freedom? religion with his clothes and rituals are not freedom of individuals?! Why you connect terrorism with Islam? Terrorism is not a religion or party, but it is abehavior of any person of any race and from any country and any religion
    It is also the right of the security men to ascertain the identity of those who want ,to maintain security and safety within the country

  3. Bob on March 28, 2011 11:36 pm

    What an absurd article. If anything tourism to France will flourish now that this depressing and abhorrent eyesore has been banished. Viva la France!


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