Muslims shouldn’t feel hurt by burqa ban: Sarkozy

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London: Muslims should not feel “hurt or stigmatized” by the planned ban on burqas, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said as the French Cabinet approved a draft law to bar the full-face veil from public areas.
Sarkozy told a Cabinet meeting on May 18: “This is a decision one doesn’t take lightly.”
Once the law comes into force, nobody in France will be allowed to wear a garment “designed to hide the face.” Those breaching the ban will be fined 150 euros or sent on a course to learn the values of French citizenship.
Sarkozy said: “Nobody should feel hurt or stigmatized. I’m thinking in particular of our Muslim compatriots, who have their place in the republic and should feel respected.”

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