I can’t think of a more ludicrous looking sight (anti-human bags in the beautiful alps), outside of former Soviet era built building in the gorgeous town of Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad) in the Czech Republic.
French police hand out leaflets warning tourists visiting the Alps not to wear burkas and niqabs
The controversial ban on people covering their faces was passed in France in 2010, and implemented in 2011
- Residents in picturesque Annecy complained about women wearing burkas
- Controversial ban on concealment of face in public started in 2011
- People caught wearing headwear could be fined up to €150
French police are handing out notices to tourists visiting the Alps reminding them that veils that cover the face are banned.
A ban ‘prohibiting concealment of the face in public space,’ came into force in 2011 in the country, and now tourists are being reminded to abide by the law.
The warnings are to address an increasing number of people who are visiting the mountain areas from countries where the wearing of the burqa and niqab is permitted.
It is believed visitors from nearby Switzerland are being reminded how to stay on the right side of the law, as the dress is allowed in their country.
Police commissioner Alain Favre, speaking to Swiss newspaper Le Temps said that the move was focused on public safety.
‘This isn’t a question of stigmatizing or ‘burqa hunting’, rather about informing people that French law prohibits people from concealing their faces for reasons of safety, he said
‘We have to be able to identify any one person.’
Locals in the picturesque town of Annecy have complained to French police that an increasing number of visitors are arriving with their faces covered.