President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out solidly against the restrictive religious garb known as the burqa, according to the Associated Press, reporting from France.
The suit, which HBO star and political satirist Bill Maher jokingly refers to as, “the bee keeper’s suit,” is deemed a debasing and archaic garment that inhibits the freedom of women, according to the outspoken French president.
Sarkozy cameo out declaring that the full-body religious gown is a sign of the “debasement” of women, not at all welcome in France.
There is growing political support to ban the full-body garment in France, the AP reports that a parliamentary commission will study the idea of introducing legislation to enact some sort of ban.
Sarkozy’s speech at the Chateau of Versailles southwest of Paris addressed a joint session of France’s two houses of parliament, as he expressed his desire to enforce a ban.
“In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity,” Sarkozy said.
“The burqa is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement—I want to say it solemnly,” he said. “It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.”
In 2004, France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, banned the Islamic headscarf and other religious symbols from public schools.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.