French police fine Muslim woman for driving while wearing veil

A French Muslim woman has been fined for wearing a full-face veil while driving a car.

Police in the western city of Nantes said the veil – which showed only her eyes – restricted her vision and could have caused an accident.

The woman’s lawyer says they will appeal against the decision, which he described as a breach of human rights…

After stopping the 31-year-old woman – who has not been named – police asked her to raise her veil to confirm her identity, which she did.

They then fined her 22 euros, saying her clothing posed a “safety risk“.

“This fine is not justified on road safety grounds and constitutes a breach of human and women’s rights,” her lawyer, Jean-Michel Pollono, told AFP news agency.

He said the woman’s field of vision was not obstructed and added that a veil was no different from a motorcycle helmet in terms of hindrance to vision…

“The ball is clearly in the authorities’ court,” he said. “Currently no law forbids the wearing of the niqab…”

Think about it. Reflect. Who has reason on their side?

3 thoughts on “French police fine Muslim woman for driving while wearing veil

  1. Cinaedh says:

    “Think about it. Reflect. Who has reason on their side?”

    Let me get this straight. You’re suggesting The French have reason on their side?

    Sacré bleu!

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    Motorcycle helmets don’t restrict your vision and are often legally mandated. The glass is usually coated to reduce glare and can actually improve vision in low light situations and reduce eye strain on very sunny days.

    While not knowing the type of veil this woman wore, some I have seen include a gauze screen that indeed does restrict the vision.

    If the veil did include a screen, then I would think the police act reasonable.

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