PARIS (Reuters) – France's parliament is likely to call in a resolution for a ban on Muslim face veils in public but take longer to turn that policy into law, deputies said on Thursday.
A parliamentary commission studying the sensitive issue, which has been discussed alongside a widerabout French national identity launched by , is due to publish its recommendations next Tuesday.
Polls say most voters want a legal ban on full-length face veils, known here by the Afghan term burqa although the few worn inare Middle Eastern niqabs showing the eyes. Critics say a law would stigmatize Muslims and be unenforceable.
floor leader for Sarkozy's conservative UMP party, told said the plan was for "a resolution to explain and then a law to decide." A parliamentary resolution would not be legally binding., parliamentary
Andre Gerin, head of the commission, agreed that deputies needed more time to draft a law, but told the daily Le Figaro: "The ban on the full facial veil will be absolute."