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France turns away three Saudi women over veil

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 13:54

Paris: Three Saudi women were reportedly barred from entering France after they refused to remove their veils at Paris` Charles de Gaulle Airport.

A police union official said border police had asked the women to remove their veils after they arrived from Doha, Qatar.

The Daily Mail quoted the official as saying that the women refused. Border police then barred them from entering France and returned them to Doha.

France became the first country in Europe to outlaw the veil, while similar legislation has since been passed in Belgium and Holland.

Supporters of the ban claim the veil contradicts France`s principles of secularism and women`s rights.

Some Muslim groups say it stigmatises moderate Muslims.

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy`s government introduced a ban on all forms of Islamic head coverings, including niqab and burqa in 2011.


First Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 13:54
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