Top legal advisory body: France ban is unlawful

The government is expected to present legislation on the ban next week even though experts have warned that such a prohibition could violate religious freedom.

Top legal advisory body: France ban is unlawful

France's top legal advisory body has once again repeated that a govt bill to ban full Muslim veils in public would threaten rights guaranteed under both the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights just days before it is put before the cabinet.

The government is expected to present legislation on the ban next week even though experts have warned that such a prohibition could violate religious freedom.

The Council of State, which advises on the preparation of new laws and orders, earlier this year said introducing such a ban would threaten rights guaranteed under both the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Paris daily Le Figaro reported on Friday the advisory body had again come to the same conclusion after a meeting with government officials on Wednesday.

"A comprehensive and absolute ban on wearing the full veil could not have any legally unchallengeable justification and (it would) be exposed to great constitutional uncertainty," the paper reported.

The issue has caused intense debate in France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe.

The legislation is due to be reviewed in early July by parliament, before heading to the Senate in September.


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