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Latest update : 2010-05-19

Burka is even banned in Mecca, insists French Justice Minister

France’s Justice Minister, Michelle Alliot-Marie, has defended the Government’s bill to ban the full Islamic veil in an interview in this morning’s Le Parisien. She says that the burka is even banned in Mecca and in “several Islamic states”. This and other stories in today’s French papers: WEDNESDAY, 19th MAY 2010

 

Articles in today’s French press review:
 
Le Parisien/ Aujourd’hui en France: Interview with French Justice Minister on bill to ban the full Islamic veil. Michelle Alliot-Marie is to present the bill to the Council of Ministers today.
 
Libération: Series of cartoons on the burka.
 
Le Figaro: Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry presents her alternative plan for retirement reform in France. Of note, she proposes maintaining the retirement age at 60. Le Figaro says she is “denying reality”.
 
Libération: On the Socialist Party’s retirement plan, Libération notes that there is still a lot of division within the main party of opposition.
 
Libération: Air France has registered losses of €1.3 billion for 2009-10, its worst results since 1993.
Canard Enchaîné: The satirical weekly paper reveals that France’s Industry Minister, Christian Estrosi, is benefiting from two apartments as perks for his job where one apartment is generally the norm. His daughter, a university student, lives in one of the apartments in the swish 7th arrondissement.

 

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