Seven months ago the report about the French burqa ban came out and debates have been going on ever since. There is definitely a split between those who want to preserve the country’s values and those who feel it denounces part of a religion. For the whole story, including a video, keep reading below the photo.
On Tuesday the bill was passed with a vote of 246 to 1 which puts it one step closer to being a law. If it is approved the constitutional council, by Spring it will be illegal to wear a full veil in public or to force anyone to do so!
If this plan does go into action, the French burqa ban will be the first of its kind as no other European nation has a law like this. It seems that the officials and the public are mostly in complete agreement with this prohibition. After a survey, more than 4 to 1 of the country’s people are behind the bill and 82% of people in 5 countries agree.
Jean-Francois Cope, who is the head of the parliamentary group for the UMP, summed up what most of them must feel. He said it isn’t that they want to fight their beliefs, but that hiding the face is not okay.
“We think in our country, that the face is a way of recognizing and respecting each other”.
There is no doubt that those who live or visit the country and wish to keep with their religious beliefs are going to have a problem with this idea. Others have also voiced their opinion that this agenda is unfair and prejudice.
So what does the French burqa ban mean more? Does it solidify the values of the country or does it simply isolate one part of one religion? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section after you check out this video.