Thursday 18 December 2014

French woman fined for wearing Muslim veil convicted of insulting police

Published 08/01/2014 | 10:24

Wearing an Islamic face veil is banned on the streets of France

A French woman fined for wearing a face-covering Muslim veil, banned by law, has been convicted of insulting police.

The confrontation between Cassandra Belin, her husband and police triggered riots in the Paris suburb of Trappes last year. Belin was fined 150 euros and given a one-month suspended sentence.

Her lawyer argued that the veil law was unconstitutional, and asked for it to be sent to the Constitutional Court. The lower Paris court threw out that request.

Police sporadically fine women who wear the veil, banned since 2011. The riots in Trappes reflected tensions between police upholding France's strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against the religion.

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