Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday to party members that she was for a ban on the full-body veil wherever legally possible, receiving applause from her conservative CDU party.

"For us that means: show your face, therefore the full-body veil is not appropriate, it should be banned," Merkel told the annual congress of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen.

Making her pitch to be renominated as CDU candidate for national elections in autumn, it was the strongest opposition the Chancellor had yet voiced to the conservative Muslim clothing being worn in public.

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