Brussels: President Nicolas Sarkozy says France stands by its law banning burqa-like Muslim veils despite a threatening new message from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The audio tape of Osama’s voice threatens to kill French citizens in revenge for France`s law to ban Muslim veils that cover the face, and because France has troops in Afghanistan.
Sarkozy says France "doesn`t let anyone dictate its policies, and certainly not terrorists”. He says his country has made its choice and that it doesn`t want women in France "trapped behind pieces of fabric”.
He also says the tape of Osama’s voice is authentic.
The French President spoke today at a European Union summit in Brussels.