France commission not pushing for burqa ban

French National Assembly representative Andre Gerin said Friday that the country will formally oppose the wearing of burqas, but is unlikely to pursue legislation to ban the garment. Gerin is the head of a special commission created by the French government to evaluate a ban on wearing burqas and other full-face veils in public. He said that even though he strongly opposes burqas, experts that testified before the panel had argued that a ban on the burqa would be hard to enforce and would antagonize Muslims in the country. He also said that while the wearing of burqas poses security and rights concerns, a law banning them would also threaten certain rights

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