September 14th, 2010
03:13 PM ET

French senate approves burqa ban

Paris, France (CNN) - The French senate approved Tuesday a law banning any veils that cover the face - including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women - making France the first European country to nationally impose such a measure.

The law passed by a vote of 246 to 1, with about 100 abstentions coming essentially from left-leaning politicians.

The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament in July and will go into effect next spring.

French people back the ban by a margin of more than four to one, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found in a survey earlier this year.

Some 82 percent of people polled approved of a ban, while 17 percent disapproved. That was the widest support the Washington-based think tank found in any of the five countries it surveyed.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Europe • France • Islam • Politics

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    December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
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    November 20, 2011 at 4:35 am |
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  4. Mr. Opinion

    France has had a long standing tradition of secularism. This (burqa ban) law is simply an extension of this tradition as it also prohibits religious displays of all kinds. The extreme opposite are places like Saudi Arabia and Iran where head coverings are mandatory, even for visitors. In the balance, prejudiced or not, it is fair.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Rinatkaallka

    Шоколадкина Вика отказалась от публикации в мужском глянце Не могу поверить, что он оказался таким... Сначала нежный, ласковый, ВМЕНЯЕМЫй... А сейчас, в последствии расставания он хуже куска г-на. А я ираньше замечала звоночки, но настолько любила, что все прощала. Мы в данный момент работаем в одном офисе и приходится видеться. По работе я частично завишу от него (не директор).
    Никогда не думала, что при соорах вылезет из него столько грязи и непочтения, грубости и злопамятсва. Расстались из-за его эгоизма и метания как в проруби между двух девушек. Он ушел.
    И сейчас почему-то отчего, но он задевает меня, острит по-злому, припоминает какие-то косяки с моейстороны, именно валит с больной головы на здоровую. Сегодня сказал "Хорошо, что я облюбовал ен тебя, а ее", он бъет по больному месту... Может при всех что-то невежливо заявить или же повысить голос, не делает то, что я арошу сделать по работе, огрызается, подкалывает. Я ему ничего полохого не сделала, просто любила. Да, может слишком много ему прощала в отношениях. В этом ли вина?
    Было у вас такое, что при расставании из мужчины вылезает столько г-на и грязи, что в слезах сидишь и думаешь, какой же он сволочью как оказалось был буквально каждый день, а ты не замечала?

    September 21, 2010 at 5:26 am |
  6. Mehreen

    I never realized how many bigots there are until I read these postings. The theme of most of these bigotry comments are of course ignorance. It's laughable that people that cannot even SPELL Muslim make sorts of assumptions about the people of Islam. Do you know anything about Islam? No. All you know are what the media feeds you. People associate Islam with violence and terrorist. There is so much I want to say, but I am so tired of saying it. All I will say is this: until you know what you are talking about, do not pass idiotic and discriminatory comments.

    Also I find it ironic that:
    1. We live in a country where we have freedom of religion. We can build whatever we want to on private property, as long as we have right to that property. If it's my property I can build a church, a synagogue, a temple. But not an Islamic Center. People won't be accepting of building that in NYC. Because Muslims don't live there. THey don't need a place to pray or organize (god forbid they actually organize against the discrimination they have faced)/do things they are obligated to: do charity work (muslims are OBLIGATED to be chartiable), teach the REAL values of Islam (virtually the SAME as Judeo-Christian values. Why? Because Muslims believe that Islam is merely an extension of Christianity/Judiasm) and find a place to be with their own people.
    2. People burn the Qu'ran. They call themselves Christian. Yet in their ignorance, they burn the names of those whom they regard as holy- Abraham, Moses, Adam, Jacob, Mary and of course, Jesus Christ.
    3. Many people that have themselves been discriminated against, discriminate against Muslims. I am not saying everyone does. But I have met MANY people who complain about racism/discrimination and turn around and do the same things to others. I suppose its because that's human nature.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  7. Jay

    We in America are soo sick of these people telling us what to do and how they are a peaceful religion, but if they don't get their way, they threaten violence. They can burn our flag or our bible or behead an individual and no muslem says nothing, but yet when one burns the koran, these so called peace loving people threaten to kill us. Well we are NOT SCAR

    September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
    • Kate


      I know, it's atrocious how the French think they can order the world around!

      Just sayin'

      September 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
    • Jay

      It's their county.

      September 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  8. Joe

    Ninja's are screwed.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Kate


      Especially if they're Steve Jobs, according to the 'net!

      Just applein'

      September 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  9. peacelover

    I agree with iraqhusseinobama: In the Muslim world theres something called Sharia Law: if you fail to abide by it then you are punished for you sin depending on the sin or crime. and statics prove that crimes are less compared to the western world...would you be afraid of committing adultery for the fear of getting stoned? of course not because in the western society adultery and fornication is part of the norm. anyone here watch nancy grace??? some crazy criminals on that show...suprisingly not one is middle eastern or muslim...maybe .01% but majority caucasian, black, hispanic...sharia law would do justice in the west!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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