Where’s there’s a will there’s a way.
Muslim women seem to have found creative solutions to circumnavigate a law, passed three years ago in France, banning all articles of clothing that cover the entire face, of both men and women, from the public sphere.
For example, in a number of Paris suburbs, Muslim women walk around with long scarves that cover their hair and with surgical masks originally intended for medical usage on their faces. Police say that a number of women they arrested produced documentation supporting their medical claim to wearing the mask.
The police and French judicial system face a slew of challenges in their attempt to enforce the burqa ban. Last July, 20-year-old girl Sandra Beline who converted to Islam, was arrested and taken to court because her face was completely covered and she refused to reveal it after officers confronted her.
The incident caused a riot that lasted several days.