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The French parliament is to vote on a proposal to ban the face covering known as the niqab or burqa. BBC Wales reporter Selma Chalabi looks at what is happening in France and finds out how Muslims in Wales are responding.
France has already banned the hijab (head scarf) in schools in line with its policy on all religious symbols, but this ruling would take things further by singling out the niqab and burqa, and banning it in all public places including transport, libraries and banks.
In the Muslim world, Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia have already banned the face cover in an effort to crack down on the growing influence of Islamic party politics.