As France takes steps towards banning the burqa, Paris designers are staging their own unveilings in the Middle East. The fashion industry is more often labelled as frivolous than political. But, it highlights an important point.
Home to an estimated six million Muslims, the controversial burqa debate in France has been growing over the past five years. This year, a partial ban to be approved by the Parliament was proposed by French lawmakers.
For some governments, banning burqas about placing a legal element of moderation on public dress. Worldwide today, total nudity is usually illegal, these governments are simply saying that the other extreme is also not acceptable.