No place for burqas in France, says Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says there is no place for full face and body veils such as the burqa, or for the debasement of women, in France. Sarkozy claims that all beliefs will be respected in France but says “becoming French means adhering to a form of civilization, to values, to morals.”

In a speech on national identity on November 12th, Sarkozy stated that “France is a country where there is no place for the burqa.” Sarkozy said in June 2009 that burqas would not be welcome in France. Since then a parliamentary panel has been looking into the possibility of banning them in public.