It's a band-aid, but clearly they are attempting to discourage immigration. If they are the only country with such a ban, the devout will go elsewhere.
Those who violate the ban will pay the reverse jiyza. That's what it is.
French Senate passes ban of full Muslim veils Yahoo hat tip Daved
PARIS – The French Senate has voted overwhelmingly for a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil everywhere from post offices to streets, in a final step toward a making it law.
The Senate voted 246 to 1 Tuesday in favor of the bill, which has already passed in the lower chamber, the National Assembly.
Any dissenters have 10 days to challenge the measure in the Constitutional Council watchdog, but that is considered unlikely.