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French parliament to vote on burqa ban

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The French parliament will vote today for the first time on legislation to ban women from wearing the burqa in public.

President, Nicolas Sarkozy, supports the bill, but critics say the government is pandering to far-right voters by taking aim at a tiny minority of Muslim women who wear the full veil.

Correspondent Christian Fraser reports from Paris.


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