Austrian Election 2017

Algerian Millionaire Promises to Pay All Burqa Ban Fines

Algerian millionaire and political activist Rachid Nekkaz has promised to pay the €150 fines of any Muslim woman caught wearing the full-face Islamic veil in Austria after the ban on the garment comes into effect on October 1st.Mr. Nekkaz (pictured, above)

French businessman Rachid Nekkaz (R) walks with Kenza Drider (R), candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, on December 12, 2011 in Paris, after Drider appeared at the police tribunal for violating France's niqab ban. Since a burqa and niqab ban came into force in France with the threat of …

Austrian Burqa Ban Passed into Law

Austria has passed into law a ban on wearing full-face Islamic veils, such as the burqa and the niqab, in public. Violators face fines when the legislation comes into effect in October.

A woman wearing a niqab, the islamic full veil, walks in a street of Lyon, eastern France, on January 25, 2010. A ban on the wearing of the full Islamic veil is being studied in several European countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria. In France a parliamentary commission is …