French Muslim minister favours full ban on burqa - 16 August 2009

In comments that could reignite the 'burqa' controversy in France, a Muslim woman minister from the country has sought a "ban" on the veil arguing that it could help stem the spread of radical Islam. The burqa -- the veil and headscarf covering everything but the eyes -- represented "the oppression of women, their enslavement, their humiliation," minister for urban regeneration Fadela Amara told the Financial Times.

Amara, who is of Algerian descent, said she was "in favour of the burqa not existing in my country (...)