The rest of the West needs to follow France's example.
FROM THE DAILYMAIL.CO.UK:
France's hardline immigration minister Eric Besson calls for 'debased' burkha to be banned
By Ian Sparks
Last updated at 3:34 PM on 14th September 2009
France's hardline immigration minister has launched a fresh demand to ban the burkha - decribed by president Nicolas Sarkozy a sign of 'subservience and debasement'.
Eric Besson said the Islamic full head and body covers were 'unacceptable' and not welcome in France.
His demand for a total ban comes after 58 French MPs called last June for a public inquiry on whether it should be illegal for women to hide their faces in public.
Mr Sazkozy backed the move, saying at the time: 'This garment makes women prisoners and deprives them of their identity.
'I say solemnly that they are not welcome on the territory of the French Republic.'
Women's rights groups and Left-wing MPs went even further, descibing the item as a 'walking coffin' and and a 'mobile prison'.
A burkha refers to a full-body covering worn largely in Afghanistan with only a mesh screen over the eyes, while a niqab is a full-body veil, often in black, with slits for the eyes
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