France set to vote on face veil ban

Parliament to debate bill proposing imprisonment and hefty fines for wearers of garment.

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    France's parliament is set to vote on proposed legislation banning the wearing of face veils in public places.  

    If passed, prospective punishments for those violating the law include imprisonment and a hefty fine.

    Violators of the ban may also be forced to take educational classes on how to be a proper French citizen in a country home to five million Muslims.

    Rights groups have criticised the bill for being demeaning and stifling freedom of expression.

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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