The French parliament is set to vote today on legislation that would ban the wearing of the face-covering Islamic veil in public.
Supporters of the bill say wearing the full veil is contrary to France's secular values and a potential security threat. Opponents say it is a violation of individual rights and may be against the constitution.
The law would fine offenders 150 euro ($185) or require citizenship classes, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty reports.
After Tuesday's vote, the ban on face-covering veils will go in September to the Senate, where it is also likely to pass. Its biggest hurdle will likely come after that, when France's constitutional watchdog scrutinizes it. Some legal scholars say there is a chance it could be deemed unconstitutional.
The main body representing French Muslims says face-covering veils are not required by Islam and not suitable in France, but it worries that the law will stigmatize Muslims in general, The Associated Press informs.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said