Eric Besson says “the burqa runs counter to national values.” Speaking on LCI television Sunday, he said, “for me, no burqas in the street.”
A French parliamentary commission is holding six months of discussions on the wearing of face- and body-covering veils, and some politicians have suggested a ban.
Besson suggested a public debate on France’s “national identity,” a concept likely to rankle immigrants’ and minority rights groups.
Besson also defended a government decision to send illegal Afghan immigrants back to Kabul on charter flights last week.
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