Thursday, September 22, 2011

France Imposes First Niqab Fines

As much as I am for this ban and as much as I am against this symbol of misogyny, ignorance and backwardness, there still lies within me that one percent that baulks against the freedom of choice to wear whatever you so wish. But that is all it is, one percent.

As is the barbaric practise of female genital mutilation, wearing the niqab is nothing to do with freedom of religion, and even it it were, that's no reason to give a free pass to something that is so clearly not of our time, and that is so clearly unacceptable to the majority of people, no it's nothing to with that. What it is about, is the inadequacy of ignorant backward male followers of an equally ignorant and backward religion. As are all religions, I hasten to add.

France imposes first niqab fines

Two French Muslim women who continue to wear the full-face veil in defiance of a new law banning it in France have been issued fines by a court.

Hind Ahmas and Najate Nait Ali were caught wearing the niqab in public outside Meaux town hall, eastern Paris, soon after the law came in in May.

The women say they will appeal against their punishment all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

Meanwhile another woman said she would stand for president in her niqab.

Thursday's sentencing in Meaux was closely followed not just in France but right across Europe, says the BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris.

Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland all have - or are planning - similar legislation.

Assault claims

Divorced mother Hind Ahmas, 32, a mother-of-three, was fined 120 euros (£104) by the court.

Before the hearing she said she was hoping a fine would be imposed, to enable her to challenge it.

"Without a condemnation I can't move forward. There has to be this sanction with a fine so that I can take this to the European Court of Human Rights. It's imperative that there's a sanction," she said.

Najate Nait Ali was fined 80 euros.

They become the first of 91 women stopped by French police to be handed a fine.

Ahmas's parents were not strict Muslims. She told the BBC she put on the niqab for the first time six years ago as an educated single woman.

She claims she once wore mini-skirts and liked to party before she rediscovered her faith.

Some Muslim groups say since the ban was introduced in April a number of women have been assaulted both verbally and physically by members of the public.

These two women would most likely have to exhaust the appeals process in France - which can take considerable time - before they can hope to test the legislation in the European court in Strasbourg, our correspondent says.

Another high-profile niqab-wearer, Kenza Drider, has said she will stand for president in the 2012 election.

She has become a champion for several hundred women in France who insist wearing the niqab is a personal choice and a right enshrined by European law.

She said: "The reality is, there is a lot of unemployment in France and a lot of problems in France so let's not focus on what I wear, let's deal with the real problems. So my candidacy is really being done for that. To say don't stop at what I'm wearing, but go much deeper." BBC and photo's


Anonymous said...

"A Frenchwoman who wears an Islamic face veil, flouting the nationwide ban, announced Thursday she wants to run for president in next year's elections."

Anonymous said...

same link

Hind Ahmas, 32, right, stands with Kenza Drider, 32

Age is just a number. Lol

Himself said...

It's the same story off the wire more or less, but I've lifted the photo as you can see.


Himself said...


Anonymous said...

"she was as gullible as Britney Spears"
Nuff said. M

Anonymous said...

OMG, one can't even see her eyes.

"So if it works in England, why not here?"


Himself said...

Thanks Maren, I shall up it to Youtube in a moment.

I don't have many uploads, but I have lots of favourites. My account name is watchclip.

Himself said...

Anonymous said...

22 September 2011

Himself said...

Thanks Chuck.

Anonymous said...

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention.

One of the women, Kenza Drider, in previous link ( has found a solution.

Himself said...

That's for my health

Having never exposed a square inch of her body to sunlight.