July 21, 2010 -- On July 13, the parliament of France, on the eve of Bastille Day, voted 335 to one in
favour of preventing Muslim women wearing a full face-covering veil in
public. The July 13 Le Monde said the new law was strongly supported by
the right. The Socialist Party, Communist Party
(PCF) and Green Party abstained. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering on religious grounds now
faces a fine of 150 euros or a “citizenship course”. The law does not
come into effect until spring 2011 to allow a period of “education”. There is also a year in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros for anyone
found guilty of forcing a woman to wear a veil, a penalty which is
doubled if the “victim is a minor”.
Earlier this year, the Indian organisation Radical Socialist issued a statement taking up this wave of Islamophobic legislation in Europe.
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Statement by the Radical Socialist organisation, India