The Islamic veil ban is taking hold across Europe, France being on the forefront of this anti-islamization parliamentary action. Of course, America is way behind the curve in this, because the islamization of Europe far outpaces the islamization of America -- the propaganda of jihadist deception (taqiya) is in full bloom here (CAIR leads that war in the informational battlespace). And of course, Obama and the dar al islam in America are working hard to expedite the process.
Belgium is expected to vote on a veil ban soon. France announced a couple of days ago that it would go ahead and ban the burka and niqab. French immigration minister Eric Bresson called the burka a "walking coffin." I think it's an apt description. This article also notes that the Netherlands may be the next country to announce a ban on burkas and minarets. That is, if Geert Wilders wins the election.
Driver wearing Islamic face veil fined in France Washington Post
NANTES, France -- A woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil has been fined by French police for not having a clear field of vision. The fine was small, but it garnered big attention Friday and may illustrate what is to come as the president pushes to outlaw the veils nationwide.
Traffic police in the western city of Nantes fined the 31-year-old woman euro22 ($29) in early April, her lawyer said. The fine was based on a rule that says drivers should have freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision, lawyer Jean-Michel Pollono said.
Pollono said Friday that he is protesting the decision, saying a veil is no different from a motorcycle helmet in terms of hindrance to vision.
The driver gave a news conference Friday - while wearing the niqab veil, which covers the entire face except for the eyes - and expressed "a feeling of injustice" over the incident.
"I didn't commit any infraction," said the driver, who declined to give her name. "I see just as well as you ... I have driven like this for nine years. I've not had any problems."
The driver is French by nationality. The lawyer said she had never been stopped until now, after months of recent parliamentary discussion and government talk about possibly banning the veils.
President Nicolas Sarkozy raised the stakes Wednesday in France's drive to abolish the all-encompassing veil, ordering a draft law banning them in all public places. He insists the veils oppress women, and decided to defy France's highest administrative body, which says such a full ban could be found unconstitutional.
When the driver was stopped, the traffic police asked her to raise her veil to confirm her identity, and she complied, Pollono said.
"A French citizen cannot be fined based on the way he or she dresses," Pollono said. "If the veil is forbidden behind the wheel, then nuns should not be able to drive, and full helmets for motorcyclists should be banned, because you can't see on the sides, and even some police units who drive with masks should be fined."