Case raises France veil-ban issues

Frenchwoman given one-month suspended sentence for attacking Arab tourist wearing full-face veil.



    A court in Paris has handed a French retiree a one-month suspended sentence for attacking an Arab woman who was wearing a full-face veil.

    The court ordered Jeanne Ruby, a retired English teacher, to pay $1,140 in damages to the victim, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates who was on holiday in Paris at the time of the attack.

    The incident took place in the French capital in February, as France's conservative government was in the early stages of hammering out a plan to ban the wearing of full-facial veils in public.

    The measure officially became law last month, but it will not be enforced for several months.

    Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Paris on how the case has highlighted potential problems once the veil ban is implemented next year.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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