France Bans Full Face Veil In Public

French lawmakers have voted to ban full-length veils in public places, putting France on the road to becoming the second European country to take steps to make wearing the burqa or niqab a criminal offence. France is home to Europe's largest Muslim minority, with about five million Muslims. The French Parliament voted in favour of the law, with 335 votes in favour and one against The law, which must still be approved by the Senate, would mean women wearing a full face veil in public can be fined 150 euros. It now goes to the constitutional council for a review. French Justice Minister Michelle Alliot Marie said: "These are values that remind us that France is never as big, as strong, as recognised in the world as when it is united around its values - humanitarian values, which today as yesterday forge our unity, our uniqueness and the greatness of France." The Belgium lower house of parliament voted in April to ban all clothing that covers or partially covers the face.