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France at epicenter of Muslim debate

Apr 28, 2010 | In Arab News and Politics | No Comments

We've been reporting on the ongoing debate of the ban of veils and niqabs in France, but now that the bill has passed it has become clear that the European nation is at the epicenter of controversy.

French feminists seem to back the ban, claiming that it will free Muslim girls who were being forced to wear the veils by their partners or families, according to Aljazeera.net.

However, many women in Afghanistan have expressed that they think women should be free to wear whatever they choose, whether they feel comfortable in a veil or not. Ten percent of France's population is Muslim, according to the news outlet.

The fact that France's ban has generated such worldwide attention is indicative of the controversy that has been stirring under the surface of the Muslim world for years.

While some women wear their veils with pride, others feel that a gradual move away from head coverings is symbolic of the equality that Muslim women have worked to achieve at home and in the workforce.
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