France's President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has ordered legislation banning women from wearing veils in public places that cover their faces and bodies.
The Associated Press reports that Sarkozy has said repeatedly that veils oppress women and that they are not welcome in France. The veils, he has said, "do not pose a problem in a religious sense, but threaten the dignity of women," according to The AP.
Removing the burqa, niqab and the chador from public spaces has been on French legislators' agenda for months. Muslim head scarves were banned from classrooms in 2004.