France firm on burqa ban despite bin Laden threat

BRUSSELS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday said France stands by its law banning burqa-like Muslim veils despite a threatening new message from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Speaking at the European Union summit in Brussels, Sarkozy said France "doesn't let anyone dictate its policies, and certainly not terrorists." He said his country has made its choice and that it doesn't want women in France "trapped behind pieces of fabric."
The audio tape of bin Laden's voice threatens to kill French citizens in revenge for France's law to ban Muslim veils that cover the face, and because France has troops in Afghanistan.
He also said the tape of bin Laden's voice is authentic.
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