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French students cause stir in veil and hotpants

Henry Samuel

Published 02/10/2010 | 05:00

TWO French female students have made a film of themselves strolling through the streets of Paris in niqabs and mini-shorts, intended as a critique of France's recently passed law, which bans the veil.

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Calling themselves the 'Niqabitches', the veiled women can be seen strutting past governmental offices wearing the religious garments, which covers the whole face except for a small eye-slit, with their long legs naked bar black high heels.

Bemused passers-by can be seen gawping at the pair or asking to take photographs. In an opinion piece, published on the news website rue89.com, the anonymous duo -- political science and communication students -- said the film was a tongue-in-cheek way of criticising France's niqab ban.

"To put a burka on would have been too simple. So we asked ourselves: 'how would the authorities react when faced with women wearing a burka and mini-shorts?'" the students, one of whom is a Muslim, said.

France's five-million-strong Muslim community is Western Europe's largest. The law is due to come into force early next year but could yet be overturned by France's constitutional court.

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