A Frenchman who ripped off a Muslim woman’s full face-covering headbag as she strolled in a fairground was given a five-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to compensate his victim. (It is illegal to wear a face-covering headbag in France)
Global PostThe 30-year-old man, who admitted charges of aggravated assault, had justified the September 2012 attack at the time as an attempt to uphold a controversial law banning women from wearing niqabs, face-covering veils, in public.
That defence was thrown out by public prosecutors, who accused him of acting as a vigilante and carrying out an assault motivated by his victim’s religious faith. (SHE was committing a crime and should have been arrested)
The incident in the western city of Nantes was the latest in a series triggered by France‘s controversial ban on the wearing of full face veils in public, which came into force in April 2011. Last September, Louis-Marie Suisse, a Muslim teenager in Marseille, was sent to prison for two months after being convicted of biting a policewoman in an altercation sparked by her arrest for wearing a full-face veil.
Under the law, women found guilty of wearing niqabs in public can be fined 150 euros ($190) or be forced to undergo citizenship training. Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the legislation as breaching French citizens’ right to freedom of expression.
(While the headbag was pleased with the verdict, it thought that the punishment did not fit the crime and asked that the “racist Islamophobe” be sentenced to limb amputation in accordance with the sharia. Owner of the headbag seen nodding in agreement)