Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Look of 2000 Faces Could Change in France Starting Monday.

This is a detailed article on the new law that comes into effect in France effective April 11th, basically banning people from covering their faces in public space including streets, public transportation an government premises. For all intent and purposes the law is aimed "indirectly" at Muslim women and their niqab's.

The only exceptions are fencing masks, balaclavas (??), an motorcycle helmets. Interesting. So women can be detained if found in violation of the law (watch for that tomorrow) and fined up to $206, or be required to take a citizenship course (really?). If someone forces a woman to wear a facial veil, he/she can face up to one year in jail and a fined up to 30,000 Euros (or close to $40,000 in round figures). Wow.

But police aren't sure of how they can enforce it. If a woman refuses to obey them, she'll need to be handcuffed. Now watch the Muslim men go wild. So some police are not making it a priority. Good job boys; maybe we should make your pay a lower priority as well.

Being careful not to impede freedom to worship, the police have been told to go easier when violation occurs near a place of worship. At the rate mosques are going up in France, that should be easier and easier. There are also not exceptions for visitors to France -- the same law applies. But we don't know how they'll treat the masked millionaires who come to buy expensive diamonds in France.

Interesting, some Muslim women have welcomed the law as "a victory for women" freeing them from those that force them to wear them. And keep in mind that schoolgirls and female teachers already have an "in school" law that bans the covering of one's face.

Here are the details:

It’s curtains for veils as France rolls out anti-niqab law - The Globe and Mail

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