I came across this blog post on the ongoing discussions in France about whether to ban the veil and burqa among muslim women.
As the author states, French President Nicolas Sarkozy would like to ban the burqa, stating that it’s “a problem of liberty and women’s dignity.” He also called the burqa “a sign of subservience and debasement.”
The blogger gives a short history of French/Arab relations (focused on the French colonisation of Algeria and subsequent violence in Algeria’s quest for independence), and in concluding states:
“For those who choose to be covered, he [Sarkozy] is continuing France’s history of colonialism and persecution under the guise of feminism.”
An interesting perspective and worth a read.