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French police injured in row over burka
by Henry Samuel
Police unions in France are furious after three officers were injured trying to check the identity of a woman flouting the country's burka ban and who was later released to "appease tensions during Ramadan".
The officers ordered the 18-year-old called Marie-Louise to produce her identity card around midnight outside a mosque in the southern French city of Marseille, which has a large Muslim population.
She was wearing the niqab that leaves all but the eyes covered in contravention of a 2010 law banning wearing any face-covering veil in public.
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