In France, they really don’t like any type of head coverings. After decades of one headscarf affair after another, where generations of young women who wear hijab are forced to stop their education (way to go in liberating women, France), things got serious when France woke up in recent years to the threat of illegal polygamous niqabis and their “creeping Shariah.”
To counter the 367 burqa-clad women (this is a real number, I kid you not) in France in 2009 (which must mean millions in 2015, of course), the French government brought out its big guns with a clear message: no more niqab! This most recent law, passed by the French senate, will go in to effect on April 11th .
And in case you still haven’t figured out that covering you head is against Camembert, baguettes, Monet and ALL THAT IS FRENCH, the government has set up a handy communications campaign to drive the point home. This campaign is called “La Republique se vit à visage découvert” (or “The Republic is lived openly”- a play on words as “à visage découvert” literally means “an uncovered face”) and besides tens of thousands of posters and flyers (in English and Arabic for travelers), the government has also set up a website to make sure that even the 2.0 generation understands that that this is no ordinary discrimination.