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Ikke overraskende ila en domstol i Meaux i Frankrike to kvinner bot for å gå med niqab på offentlig sted. Den ene av dem akter å stille som presidentkandidat.

Begge akter å ta sakene sine hele veien gjennom rettssystemet og til Menneskerettsdomstolen i Strasbourg. Det kan sørge for vedvarende oppmerksomhet. Det er neppe til muslimers fordel, for få ting provoserer europeere mer enn kvinner i sorte telt. Det er et sosiologisk faktum. Hvis dette gjøres til et stridstema, kan det slå tilbake. Da Frankrike innførte forbud mot hodeplagg i skolen, ble det motvillig akseptert. Hva skyldes motstanden mot å legge fra seg den langt mer ekstreme niqab’en?

En rik forretningsmann lover å betale den juridiske prosessen for kvinnene.

Rachid Nekkaz, a French businessman, explained why he had decided to pay the fines for these women.

«I consider the freedom of movement in a democracy is very important and I can’t accept that my government [has] voted [for] a law [which] doesn’t respect the European constitution,» he said.

«I think it is important to help these women to remain free on [the] streets.»

Despite a nationwide ban, a Frenchwoman who wears a full-face veil, wants to run for president in next year’s elections.

In an interview with the Associated Press news agency, Kenza Drider said she wants to defend the rights of all French women.

She is among a group of women mounting an attack on the law that has banned the full-face veil from the streets of France since April.

They want to prove the measure contravenes fundamental rights.

Supporters of the law, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, say the veils imprison women.

Drider said she planned to declare her candidacy on Thursday in Meaux, a city east of Paris run by senior conservative politician and Sarkozy ally Jean-Francois Cope, who championed the veil ban.

French women fined for breaching veil ban