France’s proposed ban on full face veils in public cleared its last legislative hurdle yesterday when the Senate approved a bill outlawing the garments.


The law has already been passed by the National Assembly, but still has to be vetted by the Constitutional Council, France’s highest constitutional authority. It would make France the first European country to outlaw the burqa or niqab.


Offenders would be fined 150 euros ($189) or required to take part in a citizenship class.


“The full face veil dissolves the identity of a person in that of a community,” said Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.