12 Apr '11, 12am

French police arrest two women wearing veils, who were protesting a ban on full-face coverings

French police arrest two women wearing veils, who were protesting a ban on full-face coverings

An unidentified woman is taken away by plain clothed and uniformed police officers, flanked by a friend, centre right, in Paris. -- PHOTO: AP PARIS - POLICE in France, home to Europe's biggest Muslim population, arrested two protesters wearing niqab veils on Monday as a ban on full-face coverings went into effect. The women, part of a demonstration that erupted in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, were detained for taking part in an unauthorised protest rather than for wearing their veils. But, in theory at least, French officials can now slap fines on Muslim women who refuse orders to expose their faces when in public. 'We were held for three-and-a-half hours at the police station while the prosecutors decided what to do. Three-and-a-half hours later they told us: 'It's fine, you can go',' said 32-year-old Kenza Drider. Ms Drider, who made regular international medi...

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