Should France ban the full veil?
France's lower house of parliament has approved a ban on wearing the Islamic full veil in public.
The legislation would make it illegal for women to wear the burka or the niqab in public. Fines of 150 euros (£119) are envisaged for women wearing the veils and men who force their wives to wear the burka could receive a fine of 30,000 euros and a year jail term. If the bill is ratified by the Senate in September, it will become law.
There are estimated to be only about 2,000 women wearing the full veil in France, with most of these in the niqab rather than the burka, although the bill is opposed by many of France's five million Muslims.
The bill has broad cross-party support in the National Assembly and opinion polls suggest overwhelming public support.
Do you wear the burqa or niqab? What do you think of the proposed ban? Should the government have a say in what people wear? If the ban goes ahead, what will it achieve? Are some Islamic veils banned where you live?
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