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Latest update : 2010-01-27

“Burka non grata”

Libération leads with the headline “Burka non grata”, a reference to recommendations made to the French Parliament yesterday on banning the full veil in hospitals, post offices, on public transport and across all public services. Veiled women, it appears, are persona non grata in secular France.

The editorial of left-leaning daily, Libération, is critical of those in the UMP ruling party who think banning the full veil in public services does not go far enough. Do they really think it would be better to ban it on the street as well, the paper asks? This would amount to a “public humiliation” of these women. If hardliners had their way, the police would have the power to arrest or at least issue a warning to women who wear the full veil in public.

“In these uncertain times, don’t the police have better things to do?” says Libération.

“As for the vast majority of French Muslims who want to live in peace in this country under the protection of the law, how would they interpret this feverish opposition to the burka in public? Perhaps as a gesture of intolerance towards them?”

Libération concludes that the UMP party has “Islam fever” and “needs to be treated for it”.

Other articles in today’s French papers:

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace : Cartoon featuring smokers and burka-clad women – both excluded from French society.

Le Figaro: A taste test for Scotch drinkers gave the top prize to a Taiwanese brand – a humiliation for Scots!

Le Figaro: 8.6 million tv viewers for Nicolas Sarkozy’s debate on TF1 television last Monday. “Sarkozy’s gamble was a success”.

Aujourd’hui en France: “57% convinced by Sarkozy’s tv appearance”, "Sarkozy delighted with success"

Libération: Evangelical, scientologists and religious NGOs flood into Haiti.

 

 

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