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France's Burka Ban: An Act Of Oppression Or Emancipation?

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Uploaded on May 3, 2010

The Burqa Battle (2010): Whoever is responsible for the killings of soldiers and now Jewish children Sarkozy's right wing government has certainly alienated many in its Muslim community. We look back at the divisive burqa ban.

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Sarkozy's burqa ban re-wrote the rule book for assimilation politics in Europe. But with elections on the way and the current halal meat controversy, has his hard line on Islam simply fueled religious tensions?

In the previous elections Sarkozy lost serious ground to the far right and many saw the burqa ban as an attempt to salvage those votes. Yet the ban also had a lot of support from many high profile Muslims. The Imam of Drancy argued, "the burka is an Afghani phenomenon. Afghan equals Taliban. Taliban equals terrorism." With halal meat the hot topic of next month's election campaigns, has Sarkozy been too dangerously divisive towards France's Islamic population?

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