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An unidentified veiled woman is taken away by police officers in Paris (AP)

An unidentified veiled woman is taken away by police officers in Paris (AP)

An unidentified veiled woman is taken away by police officers in Paris (AP)

A veiled woman protester has been held by French police on the first day of a new law banning face coverings.

About a dozen people, including three women wearing veils, staged a protest in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and one woman was taken away in a van.

Police said the woman was detained because the protest was not authorised and the protesters refused to disperse. It is unclear whether she was also fined.

The law, which makes France the first country in the world to forbid the veils anywhere in public, means veiled women risk a €150 fine or have to undergo special citizenship classes.

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