France May Ban The Burqa • Couple With Swine Flu Weds

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A French government spokesman has said that France will consider banning the burqa, "if it were determined that wearing the burka is a submissive act, and that it is contrary to republican principles." •


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You know... as intrigued as I am by an "aggressively secular" Ataturk-style government, the unpopular influx of North African Muslim immigrants to France makes me just a leeeeeeeeeeetle suspicious that a burqa ban isn't really "for the best interests of the Republic"...