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French full veil ban upheld by European Court of Human Rights

2 July 2014 Last updated at 00:50 BST

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban in France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil - the niqab.

French law says nobody can wear in a public space clothing intended to conceal the face. The penalty for doing so can be a 150-euro fine (£120; $205).

A case was brought by a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression.

Bridget Kendall reports.

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