France's burqa ban in effect next month
A survey in 2010 found that more than four out of five French people backed a ban on wearing the burqa in public places.
March 4th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

France's burqa ban in effect next month

Paris (CNN) - France's law banning the burqa and other Islamic face coverings in public places will go into effect on April 11, the prime minister's office said.

"The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said this week in an official government newspaper explaining the law.

The law imposes a fine of 150 euros ($190). The person breaking the law can be asked to carry out public service duty as part of the punishment or as an alternative to the fine.

The law, which was enacted in October, set down a six-month period to inform people of the penalty before it went into effect.

Penalties for forcing a person to wear a burqa are part of the law, and they became effective immediately in October.

Forcing a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa is punishable by a year in prison and a 30,000 euro fine. Forcing a minor to do the same thing is punishable by two years in prison and 60,000 euro.

Read the full story here about France's burqa ban.

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