Last spring, France banned full face veils in all public places. Much as I oppose the burqa, I didn’t support a ban. This ban was designed to protect the state, not women.
This article in the Guardian this morning reports that while the ban is rarely enforced by the police, but that women wearing the niqab are often subjected to verbal and physical violence from members of the public. If this is an accurate representation of the lives of women who wish to wear the niqab, then the ban has failed. France should be looking for other solutions.