Damian Green, the immigration minister, as insisted that despite cracking down on immigration Britain will not follow France in banning the burka.

Two women wearing face veils were arrested in Paris for flouting the controversial law when it came into force in France on Monday.

There have been calls for Britain to follow the French example in banning citizens from wearing the burka, a loose-fitting garment worn by some Muslim women to cover their entire body and face, in public.

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