FRENCH MPs BACK BURKHA BAN - ONLY ONE VOTES AGAINST
(There's always ONE!)
French MPs today overwhelmingly voted to ban the burka after a senior minister described it as a ‘walking coffin’ and a ‘muzzle’.
Only one deputy opposed the bill in the National Assembly as 335 other politicians united to show their opposition to Islamic veils which cover a woman’s entire face. The draft bill, proposed by President Nicholas Sarkozy’s government, will now pass to the Senate where it could be ratified as early as September.
It follows months of debate which saw Immigration Minister Eric Besson describe the burka as a ‘walking coffin’. Prime Minister Francois Fillon accused wearers of ‘hijacking Islam' and displaying a 'dark sectarian image’.