11 Apr '11, 3am

A French ban on full face veils has gone into effect; those wearing the veils will be fined $271

A French ban on full face veils has gone into effect; those wearing the veils will be fined $271

A woman wears a burqa as she walks on a street in Saint-Denis, near Paris in this April 2, 2010 file photograph. France's ban on full face veils went into force on April 11. -- PHOTO: REUTERS FRANCE - FRANCE'S ban on full face veils, a first in Europe, went into force on Monday, exposing anyone who wears the Muslim niqab or burqa in public to fines of 150 euros (S$271). A Muslim property dealer, who is urging women to keep wearing the veil if they want to, has urged supporters to go to Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris for a silent prayer during the day, and is also offering to help people pay the fines. France's five-million-strong Muslim minority is Western Europe's largest, but fewer than 2,000 women are believed actually to wear a full face veil. Many Muslim leaders have said they support neither the veil nor the law banning it. The timing is all the more sensitive...

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