From: Riz Khan

France: Violating religious rights?

France’s National Assembly has voted almost unanimously to ban face veils.

Liberty, equality and fraternity but where do France’s Muslims fit into that national motto?

France’s National Assembly voted almost unanimously to ban the face veil.

Supporters of the ban say it will protect women’s rights while providing security and safety for the state.


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Opponents say the ban stigmatises Muslims and violates religious freedom.

On Wednesday’s Riz Khan show we talk to a key supporter of the ban, Jacques Myard, a member of France’s National Assembly.

Joining the programme from Brussels will be Malika Hamidi, the director general of the European Muslim network.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Wednesday, July 14, 2010.