France is a modern post industrial society in which people receive quality education. But, it is also a nation in which what Muslim women wear appears to rank as among the key issues of life. President Sarkozy told the world that all beliefs are respected in France, but “becoming French means adhering to a form of civilization, to values and to morals.” According to this system of thought, “France is a country where there is no place for the burqa.” Powerful words concerning a piece of garment worn by fewer than five percent of all women in France. One can only wonder why covering a body is an immoral act but revealing the entire female body on a beach is a mark of “civilization.”
Wearing a burqa in France is a voluntary action on the part of women. Most estimates is only a fraction of Muslim women decide to wear one. How does that action threaten French civilization? Of course, one could ask Sarkozy about French civilization which tortured and killed Algerians or the countless brutal actions against those who were in French colonies. Mr. President, care to make a comment about what happened in French Indo-China!