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French burka ban anti-Muslim, lawyer argues in Trappes riot case
A lawyer representing a young woman arrested for wearing a full-face veil is trying to get France's burka ban ruled unconstitutional. The trial of Cassandra Belin, whose arrest was followed by riots in Trappes, near Paris, began in Versailles on Wednesday.
Supporters of the ban, which was approved by the Constitutional Council in 2010 after three years of intense debate, is required for security reasons and to uphold the France's secular traditions.
But Belin's lawyer, Philippe Bataille, argues that it targeted Muslims and is calling on the council to change its mind.
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