The burqa/niqab commission in France auditions less-willing participants

As the French commission on niqab/burqa-wearing, led by André Gerin, heads to Lille, journalists expect more heated discussion as two niqab-wearing women and several imams will be auditioned.

Mahmoud Doua, imam and member of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF or l’Union des organisations islamiques de France) called for French Muslims to conform to “French culture.” Rémi Schwartz, spokesperson from the Stasi Commission in 2003 also commented on the importance of respecting individual choice. Others noted the complicated possibility of banning these coverings entirely.