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How will French veil ban affect tourism from Middle East?

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From April women in France will be banned from wearing the full Islamic veil in public.

The law makes it illegal to wear garments such as the niqab or burka, which incorporate a full-face veil, anywhere in public.

Rajan Datar looks at the implications of this controversial ban - will it cost France millions in tourism and damage its international reputation abroad?

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