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Latest update : 2010-04-26

Banning the burqa: a radical refusal?

In today’s French press review we look at a controversial bill that could ban the full Islamic veil in public places.

 

Yesterday, Nicolas Sarkozy told his cabinet that he wanted to put forward a bill to ban the full Islamic veil in public places.
 
This story has made the front page of several French newspapers, including Le Télégramme, Courrier Picard and Libération. Its editorial says France needs to “get its priorities straight”. It accuses the French President of using the burqa as a political tool to gain popularity amongst his right-wing supporters.
 
On the other hand, Le Figaro insists on the fact that Sarkozy believes a ban is necessary for security reasons and to protect women’s dignity.
 
Meanwhile, Aujourd’hui en France reports about another government proposal: denying parents their family allowance to curb truancy.
 
And finally France Soir, Le Monde and Le Parisien both cover the sex scandal that has hit the world of football.

 

By Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

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