06 May 2007

Sarkozy promises to defend women forced into burqa

The French president-elect, Nicolas Sarkozy, has said in his victory speech that "France will not abandon the women condemned to wear the burqa" (BBC).

But France has already abandoned the women -- the Frenchwomen -- who wear the hijab. Excuse me, but who is France to lecture others on how people should dress, when its own citizens do not have the freedom to choose their clothes without hindrance? This is a rather unimpressive start for Sarkozy, and it shouldn't come as a surprise.

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