A woman who wore a niqab in her local town hall has been issued a €30,000 fine, according to local media reports.

The 40-year-old woman wore the niqab - the Islamic full-body veil which leaves only the eyes visible - during a meeting of the local youth parliament in Pordenone, northeast Italy in late October, local paper Messaggero Veneto reported.

She was there to watch her son, and reportedly refused to remove the veil for identification despite the mayor, Antonio Di Bisceglie of Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party repeatedly asking her to do so.

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