BURQAS are officially banned in France after the French National Assembly passed the bill with only a single vote against it.
If approved by the Senate and Constitutional Council the law would impose a 150 euro (AUD$216) fine or a lesson in citizenship on any woman wearing the Islamic all-body veil in public.
Men caught forcing a woman to wear it, could face a one year jail sentence and pay a 30, 000 euro (AUD$43,200) fine.
Although France has the largest Muslim community in Europe, there are believed to only be 2000 women who wear the burqa.
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