Muslims say the niqab, as their head-to-toe veil is called, shows that a woman is devout because the Koran says a woman should be modest. So women wear it out of respect for Allah, or God.
But French President Nicolas Sarkozy says, in effect, the veil was first imposed on Muslim women by men, not God, and in France, women are not to be oppressed, they are to be treated as equals.
He says the veil should be banned in public places, especially schools and hospitals.
"It is not a religious...Full Story