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Driver fined for Islamic veil

2010-04-23 14:59

Paris - A lawyer says a woman driving her car while wearing an Islamic veil over her face has been fined by French police for not having a clear field of vision.

Lawyer Jean-Michel Pollono says traffic police in the western city of Nantes fined his client $29 in early April. The fine was based on a rule that says drivers should have "freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision".

Pollono said on Friday on France-Info radio that he is protesting the decision, saying a veil is "the same as a motorcycle helmet" in terms of hindrance to vision.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered a law drafted that would ban veils that cover the face and body anywhere in public. Such veils are very rare in France.