French Lawmakers to Vote on Burqa Ban

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The debate over Islamic garments is landing in the French Parliament.

Lawmakers will debate on a resolution which could pave the way for laws banning women from wearing burqas, a garment that covers the entire body.

Some say they're a security threat because they've been used by suicide bombers, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy has also said the outfits oppress women and are "not welcome."

It's estimated there are five-to-six million Muslims living in France.

Lawmakers will debate the resolution on May 11.

Last week, Belgium's home affairs committee voted unanimously to ban the partial or total covering of faces in public places.

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