Another Frenchwoman fined for driving wearing niqab
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:16
Lille (France): French police fined a woman for driving while wearing an Islamic veil, just weeks after a similar incident sparked a major political row, officials said on Thursday.

Motorbike police carrying out random alcohol tests stopped the 23-year-old French national on a minor road near the northern town of Maubeuge yesterday, officials said.

They at first mistook her for a masked man but when they saw she was wearing a niqab -- a veil that leaves only the eyes exposed -- they fined her 35 euros for driving with a reduced field of vision, a police source said.

The woman, who has not been named, had received her provisional driving licence just two weeks earlier, the source added.

In April, a major political row blew up in France after a woman was fined in the western city of Nantes for driving while wearing a niqab.

She accused the state of violating her human rights, while the interior minister sought to have her husband, who he said may be a polygamist with four wives and 12 children, stripped of his French nationality.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:16

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