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French panel recommends burqa ban
Lawmakers call for a ban on the Islamic veil in hospitals, schools and on public transport.
January 26, 2010 4:44 by kippreport
French lawmakers have called for a ban on the burqa in hospitals, schools and on public transport.
The ban on the veil would apply to anyone seeking public services, but it would not apply to people wearing the burqa on the street, according to a French parliamentary commission.
The commission was convened after French President Nicolas Sarkozy controversially told lawmakers last June that the traditional Muslim garment was “not welcome” in France.