Controversial

France’s Veil Ban Comes Into Effect

France’s face-veil ban is now in effect. Anyone wearing a niqab or burqa in public will have to pay a $216 fine and attend a citizenship course; people found forcing women to wear the veil will face a much steeper fine of over $40,000. Only about 2,000 of France’s 5 million Muslim women are believed to be affected. Still, some Muslims are urging women to defy the ban, with two women already arrested, but it's unclear whether they were arrested for wearing the veil or demonstrating in public.