Day: May 18, 2020

France requires face masks but still bans Islamic face coverings

France is now mandating masks for all citizens in certain public areas during the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t change the country’s controversial ban on Islamic face coverings.

The French government confirmed that its years-long ban on wearing burqas, niqabs and other full-face coverings in public will remain in place, even as face masks become mandatory on Monday. While French citizens nationwide will be covering their faces, women who do so with Islamic garb are still subject to punishment.

“Can the Islamophobia be any more transparent?” Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said on Twitter. “The French government mandates masks but still bans the burqua.”

A woman wearing a "Niqab" veil participa
A woman wearing a “Niqab” veil participa

In this February 2010 photo, a woman wearing a niqab veil participates in a protest in Tours, central France, after a panel of French lawmakers recommended a ban on face-covering veils in all schools, hospitals, public

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