Muslims in the French city where a woman was fined for driving in an Islamic veil have complained of being stigmatised by the affair.

With the government planning to ban the full Islamic veil in public, the fining of the French woman took a political turn when a minister threatened to punish her husband for offences including polygamy.

'The muslims of Nantes... are worried by this systematic stigmatisation which goes against the values of the Republic,' the collective of Nantes mosques said in a statement.

The association 'considers that the stopping of a driver is a judicial procedure and is angry at how such an event has been turned into being all about Islam.'

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