Lifestyle & Belief

3 women barred from France for refusing to remove veils at Charles de Gaulle


A woman wears a full face Niqab on the streets of Blackburn July 20, 2010 in Blackburn, England. Syria has banned the wearing of full face veils in it's universities. The controversial Islamic niqab and the full face burqa has also seen calls across Europe for the garment to be banned. Many Islamic groups have called the ban discrimination against Muslims.


Christopher Furlong

Three Saudi women were turned away from France after refusing to lift their face veils for border police at Charles de Gaulle airport, the Associated Press reported

An airport official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly for the police, said the women arrived at the Paris airport on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the AP. 

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They were denied entry into France after refusing to lift their niqabs to show their faces and were put back on a flight to Doha Monday night, Agence France Presse reported

France instated a law in April 2011 that bans covering one’s face in public, and punishes violators with a fine of up to 150 euros ($190) or citizenship training, according to Al Arabiya. Approximately 300 women were caught breaking the law during its first year in practice, France's interior ministry told Al Arabiya. 

Supporters of the ban argue that wearing a face veil, a traditional Muslim practice, violates France's secular culture and women's rights, according to AFP, but Muslim groups say that the ban stigmatizes Muslims.

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