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European rights court upholds French 'burqa ban'
France's law banning women from wearing face-covering veils in public is not discriminatory, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.
The court's decision follows a case brought by a 24-year-old French woman of Pakistani origin, described as a "perfect French citizen", argued that the ban violated her rights to freedom of religion, expression and assembly, and was discriminatory.
The woman, identified only by her initials SAS, said that being forced to take off her veil in public constituted "degrading treatment" and also was an attack on her private and family life.
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