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Burqas in public could be banned in France


Women in France could soon be banned from wearing a muslim veil that covers their face in public places.

The BBC understands that a parliamentary commission, which has been taking evidence for six months, will decide that wearing the burqa or niqab should be restricted.

Gavin Hewitt reports.


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