For travelers who wear traditional burqa or niqab, the French government is reminding you to unveil.
If you’re visiting the Alps this summer, you’ve probably already noticed the French police are adamant about the ability to identify “any one person,” as Alain Favre, police commissioner, said to the Swiss newspaper Le Temps.
For those who are familiar with this subject may very well remember back in 2011, France already initiated a ban which prohibited concealment of the face in public places. Today, travelers are being reminded once again that veils covering the face are banned.
This is no joke. Anyone breaking the law will be fined €150. In the interview, Favre emphasized the protection for public safety:
This isn’t a question of stigmatizing or ‘burqa hunting’, rather about informing people that French law prohibits people from concealing their faces for reasons of safety.
The reinforced reminder of the ban came after residents of Annecy – a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France – complained that more travelers have been arriving to the area with their faced covered.
As an indication of a warning, the French police are handing out flyers, written in both French and English, to anyone who is wearing burqa or niqab.
Source: Le Temps. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.
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