France to push burka ban despite resistance
THE HEAD of Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP parliamentary group said yesterday he would continue to push for a ban on the burka despite a report recommending it should be outlawed only in state buildings.
Jean-Francois Cope's proposal for a full ban was backed by 190 MPs but rejected by a cross-party commission, which handed a list of proposals to parliament yesterday.
After six months of hearings, the report recommended a ban on the face-covering veil in schools, hospitals, government offices and on public transport.
It described the burka as an unacceptable "challenge to our republic" but said outlawing it in streets, shops and other public venues could be unconstitutional.
Mr Cope dismissed the idea, saying: "It is incomprehensible to say you can't wear (the full veil) in hospitals but can in bakeries." (©Daily Telegraph, London)