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A French court has kicked out a challenge to France's burka law and given a young woman a suspended prison sentence for a dispute with police officers who arrested her for wearing the face-covering niqab.

A court in Versailles, near Paris, on Wednesday condemned 20-year-old Cassandra Belin a one-month suspended jail term for insulting and threatening police officers and a 150-euro fine for "wearing clothing that hides the face".

It also threw out a challenge to the law on the grounds that it breaches the constitutional provision of equality for all, declaring that the Constitutional Council has already declared it legitimate.


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