This and That | Tuesday July 20th, 2010
On July 13, 2010, the Lower House of Parliament of France banned the use full body veils. This law has been voted because this type attire does not go with French values of equality between men and women. Safety is also another issue. It is important to be able to identify someone on the street. Otherwise, terrorists or criminals could also hide under a full body veil. Any person wearing such veil will be punished by a 150 euro fine. A man forcing a woman to wear one will have to pay a 30 000 euro fine and spend one year in prison. It is said that the law will be hard to enforce by the police and that some women are ready to just pay the fines and still wear the veil.
Here is a short film about a related subject, Hiyab by Xavi Sala from Spain
The films ZERTIFIKAT DEUTSCH and DAMLA=DROP | DERYA=OCEAN on realeyz.tv deal with other aspects of the integration of people from Muslim countries in Western Europe, specifically Germany.