Officials have taken pains to craft language that does not single out Muslims. While the proposed legislation is colloquially referred to as the “anti-burqa law,” it is officially called “the bill to forbid concealing one’s face in public.”
It refers neither to Islam nor to veils. Officials insist the law against face-covering is not discriminatory because it would apply to everyone, not just Muslims. Yet they cite a host of exceptions, including motorcycle helmets, or masks for health reasons, fencing, skiing or carnivals.
I’d really like to read a literal translation of the bill. I’m curious whether it effectively also bans this sort of thing or this sort of thing. Do French citizens have a right to privacy? Wouldn’t this bill violate such a right?