Sarkozy party chief: France must ban full Muslim veil

January 17, 2010 21:14

The head of President Nicolas Sarkozy's party said Sunday that he wants a law to ensure that Muslim women who wear face-covering veils do not acquire French nationality.

Xavier Bertrand, head of the conservative UMP party, said that the full veil "is simply a prison for women who wear it" and "will make no one believe" a woman wearing it wants to integrate.

France is moving closer to banning such veils. A top UMP lawmaker already filed legislation to ban it and a parliamentary committee studying the issue turns in its report on the veil by month's end.

Bertrand made the remarks Sunday while delivering New Year's greetings to UMP members in Nice. He said that for him such veils have nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with gender equality.

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