Driver wearing Islamic face veil fined in France

NANTES, France (AP) – A woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil has been fined by French police for not having a clear field of vision. The fine was small, but it garnered big attention Friday and may illustrate what is to come as the president pushes to outlaw the veils nationwide.

Traffic police in the western city of Nantes fined the 31-year-old woman euro22 ($29) in early April, her lawyer said. The fine was based on a rule that says drivers should have freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision, lawyer Jean-Michel Pollono said.When the driver was stopped, the traffic police asked her to raise her veil to confirm her identity, and she complied, Pollono said. They were embarrassed once they discovered the driver was racecar driver  Danica Patrick.

 

 

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