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No French citizenship for burqa Muslims, says Minister

No French citizenship for burqa Muslims, says Minister

Author: AFP
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: December 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/221829/No-French-citizenship-for-burqa-Muslims-says-Minister.html

Muslim men who force their wives to wear the full Islamic veil should not be granted French citizenship, Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Thursday.

Wading into the debate over whether to ban the burqa, Alliot-Marie said the government would await the recommendations of a parliamentary panel considering possible legislation to bar Muslim women from wearing the full veil.

But the Minister went on to say that 'there are a certain number of basics on which we must stand firm.' "For instance, someone who would be seeking French citizenship and whose wife wears the full veil is someone who would not appear to be sharing the values of our country," she told LCI television.

"Therefore in a case like that one, we would reject his request," she said. The justice minister said the wearing of the naqab or burqa was a 'problem that affects our ability to live together, the values of the republic and in particular human dignity.' A French court last year denied citizenship to a veiled Moroccan woman on the grounds that her radical practice of Islam was incompatible with French values.

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