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French veil ban on trial in new challenge
by Nathalie Alonso
Lawyers for a young woman whose arrest for wearing a full-face veil sparked riots argued Wednesday in court that France's contentious ban on such coverings was unconstitutional and targeted Muslims.
The court said it would deliver a verdict on January 8 on her lawyer's request for a special procedure to seek a review by the country's Constitutional Council of a law that has already been passed.
The case relates to Cassandra Belin, 20, who was stopped by police in the gritty town of Trappes, west of Paris, on July 18 for wearing the veil in public.
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