France is the first country in Europe to publicly ban a form of dress some Muslims regard as a religious duty.
Offenders face a fine of 150 euros (£133; $217) and a citizenship course. - bbc
Oh, the stupid French have done it again. Well, i’ve said quite a bit about it in the past when they first banned its use in universities (links below).
I really don't understand a people who'd prefer their mothers and sisters don the immodesty of whores instead of the modesty of women.
The same thing applies in the case of the Confucian state of singapore whose chinese racial supremacist government banned the Hijab in schools, citing the need for conformity and unity, but, on the other hand, celebrates and promotes chinese culture with campaigns and great pomp in society over all others. That basically extols conformity to 'chinese' culture, and renders the singaporean identity synonymous with the chinese one...and you won't find the chinese complaining about that, which makes them not too dissimilar to the french in their self-absorption - though it's not as bad amongst the French as i've witnessed some level of inter-cultural/national empathy amongst them.
To both, I would say, I don't give a toss about your 'values' if such 'values' lead to your devaluation of difference. If anything should be banned, it should be such cultural/racial supremacism.
As for the self-absorbed French, I really don't understand a people who'd prefer their mothers and sisters don the immodesty of whores instead of the modesty of women. I don't have a problem with either, so long as one is not legally countenanced over the other.
Vive la Difference! (2007)
Discussing the Hijab (2005)
To the Oh So Idiotic French (2005)
Red Hijab (2005)