The Burqa Ban

January 26, 2010


It's a debate that's been raging in France for years.
Last summer French President Nicholas Sarkozy said "The burqa is not welcome in France".
That lead to an inquiry into whether women in France should be allowed to wear the traditional Muslim covering.
Today the results of that investigation are out. It's a controversial and complex story, and Genevieve Oger will break it down for us on the show.

An Ipsos poll for Le Point magazine claims 57 per cent of French people support banning the burqa.
But many in the French Muslim community say that will alienate Muslims and violates civil rights. Incidentally, there is at least one Imam in France who actually supports the ban. He argues the covering has no basis in Islam.
France has traditionally upheld the separation of faith and state. But The Economist predicts lawmakers will face criticism from the global community if the ban is enforced.
 


 


Saira Syed

Saira Syed