A law banning the wearing of a full Islamic veil in public in France has been adopted by the lower house of parliament.
The ruling UMP and the New Centre party voted for the ban on the burqa or niqab while the Socialists, Communists and Greens abstained.
The law goes to the upper house in September and then to the Constitutional Court. If ratified there, it may still face challenges at the European Court of Human Rights.
The ban is supported by the majority of French people although it only applies to a very small number of women in France.
Critics claim it is a distraction from other issues and panders to the far-right vote.
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