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PARIS: In a speech he himself called âan important moment,â French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that women wearing the burqa would not be accepted on French territory.
âThe problem of the burqa is not a religious problem, it is a problem of the dignity of women. It is a symbol of subservience, of submission. The burqa will not be welcome in our French republic, âSarkozy said during his address before a joint session of the two houses of Parliament in Versailles.
Sarkozy became the first French head of state to address lawmakers in 150 years. The last French head of state to do so was Charles-Louis Napoleon, in 1848. His appearance was made possible by a July 2008 amendment of the French constitution, which had prohibited a sitting president from addressing lawmakers.
Sarkozyâs comments on the burqa were inspired by a resolution introduced last week by 58 lawmakers calling for the creation of a committee of inquiry into the wearing of the burqa on French territory.
A burqa is the most concealing of all Islamic veils as it covers the entire face and body, leaving only a mesh screen to see through. In his address, the French president also vowed to implement a form of affirmative action to do away with social inequality. âWho does not see that our model of integration no longer works?â Sarkozy said. âTo achieve equality, we must know how to give more to those who have less.â
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