A novel way of protesting against France’s Burqa ban

As France rubber stamps the banning of the Burqa, two French students have discovered a creative way to protest against the burqa ban by walking around the streets of Paris in a niqab, high heels and mini-shorts.

The anonymous duo – political science and communication students in their twenties – said the film was a tongue-in-cheek way of criticising France’s niqab ban, which the Senate passed last month and is due to go into force early next year.

The duo stated;

“To put a simple burka on would have been too simple. So we asked ourselves: ‘how would the authorities react when faced with women wearing a burka and mini-shorts?, We were not looking to attack or degrade the image of Muslim fundamentalists – each to their own – but rather to question politicians who voted for this law that we consider clearly unconstitutional, To dictate what we wear appears to have become the role of the State….as if they didn’t have other fish to fry.”

France’s law banning the burka makes no mention of Islam, but President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government promoted the law as a means to protect women from being forced to wear Muslim full-face veils such as the burka or the niqab.

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.

Once the law is in force, a woman who chooses to defy the ban will receive a fine of 150 euros (£125) or a course of citizenship lessons. A man who forces a woman to go veiled will be fined 30,000 euros (£25,000) and serve a jail term.

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2 responses to “A novel way of protesting against France’s Burqa ban

  1. simon

    they must know very little about the realities of extreme Islam. they would be stoned to death for wearing so little. what about the bomber in London who wore a full covering to escape the police? a clear security issue. i support france this is about uncovering the face not Islam.

    • hotterthanapileofcurry

      Outlawing the niqab in Europe moves the continent as a whole one step further down the road of Islamophobia.

      And again, there exist women who make the personal and conscious decision to wear the niqab.

      If the niqab and similar religious-wear were to be banned outright, where do their rights go?

      What happens to the freedom of expression?

      What happens to sovereignty in the form of absolute women’s rights?

      I believe in total equality and freedom and this includes the freedom to practice one’s religion and the freedom to wear whatever one wants.

      This means that if a woman wants to wear a niqab, she should be allowed to.

      If a woman does not want to wear a niqab, she shouldn’t have to.

      Believe it or not, if a woman is spotted wearing a niqab, it doesn’t necessarily mean that her husband oppressively forced her to wear it.

      It is a personal choice

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