A French businessman, Rachid Nekkaz on Monday paid fines imposed on two women who were wearing face-covering niqab veils on the streets of Belgium.

A 19 year old Belgian girl of Moroccan origin had been fined 62 euros near Brussels, and a 35 year old woman of Italian origin had been told to pay 150 euros in Charleroi.

Nekkaz, who made his fortune in the technology and property sectors, is also spokesperson for the civil liberties organisation "Don't tamper with my constitution".

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