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A French Muslim woman has been charged with assault and inciting a riot after she refused a police ID check because she was wearing a banned full-face veil, a police source said today.
 
The 18-year-old is to appear in court in the northern city of Lille on October 30 charged with assault, insulting police and inciting a riot after police tried to take her to a station for refusing to provide identification.
 
A French law passed in 2011, the first of its kind to be enforced in Europe, banned the wearing of the full-face-covering Islamic veil.
 
The law came into effect at an already fraught moment in relations between the state and France's Muslim minority -- the largest in Europe -- with then president Nicolas Sarkozy accused of stigmatising Islam to win back votes from a resurgent far right in this year's election.
 
Supporters of the law have defended it as a measure aimed at supporting women's rights although the text makes it clear that a woman cannot choose herself to cover her face in public.
 
The woman, arrested on Saturday, was stopped by officers in Roubaix, outside northern France's largest city of Lille.
 
She allegedly said she did not have time and did not want to show her ID card and covered herself up with another veil as she walked away, the police source said, asking not to be named.
 
When police tried to take her to the station, she allegedly grabbed hold of a vehicle and started kicking, punching and screaming, the source added.
 
She allegedly tried to bite police and scratched one of them before being taken into custody. None of the officers were hurt.
 
In a similar incident on July 24, three officers in the southern city of Marseille sustained minor injuries after they stopped a fully veiled woman by a mosque. The woman, two men and a minor are due in court over the alleged assault.

August/07/2012

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Pyotr Ivanovich

8/9/2012 12:12:33 PM

Veil or no Veil, she looks good, her eyes tell the story, they are deep pools of thought that project into humanity!

sam stevens

8/7/2012 9:09:56 PM

This is exactly the problem in Europe. Muslims think they are a law unto themselves only. Everyone else has to show ID when asked but this woman thinks she's exempt. Try that in Saudi Arabia Mademoiselle !

john albay

8/7/2012 8:25:57 PM

This crazy woman should go to saudi arabia,she would like it there! It is interesting when fully vieled women fly to Istanbul or Europe from saudi or iran they all go to the toilet in their black sack and come out in beautiful colourful wester clothes. Women wish to be beautiful the world over and very few wish to wear a sack and cover their faces.If they live in Europe they must dress like the local woman,other wish í,out,straight to a backward state like saudi.

Murat

8/7/2012 5:44:25 PM

You feel you have to have a veil (which is NOT a religious requirement) then you go and live in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia, not in the middle of Europe.

Red Tail

8/7/2012 3:36:16 PM

As far as I know, you have to be able to identifiy yourself in any country in the whole world. To be able to avoid that by wearing certain clothes would be totally unreasonable and an oporutunity for illegal immigrants, cirminals etc. I have been stoped by the police and there is nothing strange that they can have routine checks.

Sparks

8/7/2012 2:43:55 PM

Half a year in a (women) prison will learn her how to behave as a modern, respected woman. Her imates will help her of course, no doubt.
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