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The administration of the Cannes Film Festival in France is officially banning the niqab on the red carpet as well as inside the Festival Palace.

"In accordance with the [French]law of October 11 2010, it is forbidden to conceal your face in public places. Wearing a niqab is prohibited on the red carpet and in the Palace," the Festival's press office told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

This decision comes after Danish director Charlotte Schioler, who is presenting a short film named "Slør" ["niqab" in English], attended the premiere of Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" on May 15, wearing said niqab, a cloth leaving only the eyes uncovered, on the renowned red carpet.


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