France Veil Ban Will Apply to Tourists

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy's push for an all-out ban on full-face Islamic veils will affect tourists visiting the country, too.

According to a report by AFP, under the Government's plan to ban the full-face veil in public places, tourists visiting France will be forbidden to wear the garment along with French residents.

The tourism ministry estimates hundreds of thousands of visitors come to France each year from the Middle East. Junior minister for families Nadine Morano told the radio station France Info women wearing the veil will be fined but will not be unveiled "on the spot."

"When you arrive in France, you respect the laws in force .... Everyone will have to respect the laws in France. That's how it is," Morano said.

The government announced last night it will ban the full-face veil worm by some Muslim women. The Associated Press reported the French Government cited a concealed face as a security risk and President Sarkozy said the clothing oppresses women and is "not welcome" in France. However, many experts have warned such a law could be unconstitutional.

The AFP reported the French Government said only about 2000 Muslim woman in France currently fully cover their faces.
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