France set to vote on face veil ban

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

    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


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.