On October 7, 2010, the French Constitutional Council ruled that a bill making it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa, niqab or other full face veils in public conforms with the French Constitution. Under the legislation, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if they refuse, they can be forced to attend citizenship classes or be charged a US$185 fine. The legislation also made it a crime to force a woman to cover her face, with a penalty of one year in prison and a fine of US$18,555. The bill was approved by the National Assembly in July 2010 and by the Senate that September.
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