A French parliamentary panel recommended today that France impose a ban on wearing the full face veil in public — which includes buses, subways and hospitals.
Under the proposal, women would have to show their faces when entering a facility and then remain uncovered.
A member of the panel said he anticipated that the ban would take effect by the end of the year — but would not apply to wearing the veil on the street or in private.
France has approximately 2.5 million Muslim women, but a tiny fraction wear the niqab.
As Western European countries try to assimilate their Muslim populations, is banning the veil in public the right thing to do?
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