The head of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party said today (January 17, 2010) that he wants a law to ensure that Muslim women who wear face-covering veils do not acquire French nationality, the Associated Press reports.
Xavier Bertrand, head of the conservative UMP party, said the full veil "is simply a prison for women who wear it" and "will make no one believe" a woman wearing it wants to integrate.
France is moving closer to banning such veils, even though only a small minority of Muslim women wear them.
Sarkozy opened debate on the topic in June, 2009, telling a special gathering of both houses of parliament veils that cover the face "are not welcome" in France. He reiterated his position last week, saying the full veil "is contrary to our values and contrary to the ideals we have of a woman's dignity."