A French court has annulled a fine given to a woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil, months before a ban on wearing the garments goes into effect.As is clearly stated in the article, the traffic policemen did not issue the fine just because she was wearing a veil, but because they felt it interfered with her ability to drive safely.
Traffic police in the western city of Nantes fined 31-year-old Sandrine Mouleres euro22 ($29.22) in April, saying she did not have a clear field of vision, but the court quashed the fine Monday.
Jean-Michel Pollono, Mouleres' attorney, said the court in Nantes had ruled "we are in a free country, and as a result, everything that isn't forbidden is allowed."
The initial fine drew widespread attention amid a nationwide debate over the place of Islamic veils. In September, the French parliament agreed to a ban on face-covering veils - such as the niqab or burqa - from being worn in public. The ban goes into effect in spring.
Here is a picture of Mouleres in her veil.
We not only have the issue here of inequality before the law (i.e. special treatment for Muslims), but also the issue of rights; does the right of Muslim women to wear their veil whilst driving really trump the right other road users, pedestrians and general infidels have to be safe, to be protected by the law?
I know which I think is more important.