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France brings down veil on burqas

Senate approves law prohibiting veils that cover the face

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16th September 2010: The French senate has affixed its stamp of approval on a law prohibiting veils that cover the face. With this, France has become the first European country to give a nod to such a measure. The law will come into effect next spring.

As of now, there is no move in Britain to bring down the veil on burqas. Britain’s immigration minister Damian Green has in no uncertain terms stated that Britain will not follow France pattern of introducing a law prohibiting the wearing the burqa, even through a YouGov poll recently found around 67 per cent Brits want the burqas to be banned in the country.

The law, tremendously approved by France’s lower parliament in July, received a nearly unanimous vote. It was passed by a vote of 246 to one.

In Britain, for reaching the conclusion, YouGov interacted with over 2,000. They were Britons asked whether the burqa should be banned in Britain. As many as 67 per cent of those talked to said yes in answer to the question.

The elderly were more against the ban. The number of those saying yes rose to 80 per cent among people aged 55 or over.

YouGov is considered authoritative measure of public opinion and consumer behaviour. The organisation aims at supplying “a live stream of continuous, accurate data and insight into what people are thinking and doing all over the world, all of the time, so that companies, governments and institutions can better serve the people that sustain them”.

YouGov is the most quoted research company in the UK.

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