AFP -- A French Muslim woman has been charged with assault and inciting a riot after she refused a police ID check because she was wearing a banned full-face veil, a police source said Tuesday.
The 18-year-old is to appear in court in the northern city of Lille
on October 30 charged with assault, insulting police and inciting a riot
after police tried to take her to a station for refusing to provide
A French law passed in 2011, the first of its kind to be enforced in
Europe, banned the wearing of the full-face-covering Islamic veil.
The law came into effect at an already fraught moment in relations
between the state and France's Muslim minority -- the largest in Europe
-- with then president Nicolas Sarkozy accused of stigmatising Islam to
win back votes from a resurgent far right in this year's election.
Supporters of the law have defended it as a measure aimed at
supporting women's rights although the text makes it clear that a woman
cannot choose herself to cover her face in public.
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