FROM Ben Hall
France Moves Closer to Curb on Burkas, Stops Short of Full Ban Women who wear the on Islamic face veil are a challenge to the republic of France. That's the conclusion of a parliamentary committee, which has recommended a ban in hospitals, schools, government offices and on public transport. The recommendation is the product of months of debate and a 200 page report, even though burkas are warn by an estimated 1900 women. Ben Hall reports from Paris for the Financial Times .
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