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On Monday, France became the first country to enact a ban on full-face veils in public spaces.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy initiated the ban two years ago, equating the veils as prisons that contradict the country's values of equality and dignity.

The ban received wide public support when it was passed in parliament last year.

However, critics of the ban call it an affront to freedom of expression and religion.


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