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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 shafeer
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.
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