German Chancellor Merkel's conservatives say they are considering a proposal to ban the wearing of full-face veils. This comes as a third French town forbids Muslim women to wear the "burkini" swimsuit while bathing.

Leading members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) on Monday held a long debate about banning the burqa amid internal party differences on the matter, according to participants at the meeting.

The CDU general secretary, Peter Tauber, said the party's national executive had agreed that the wearing of the full-body coverings as practiced by some Muslim women was "contrary to integration."

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