The French Senate passed a bill Tuesday that bans Muslim women from wearing veils or burqas in public places.
The bill passed through the Senate in a 246-to-1 vote and now only needs to pass through France’s constitutional council in order to set into law.
According to NPR, under the current bill, any face-covering veils would be banned, including those worn by tourists. If women are seen wearing veils in public, they will be fined 150 euros, forced to take citizenship classes or both. If a husband is found forcing his wife to wear a veil, he will be fined 30,000 euros and a year in prison. If the woman being forced is a minor, then the fine and prison time will be doubled.
Politicians say the purpose of the bill is to uphold France’s secular background and to help promote women’s rights and gender equality.
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