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French police clashes with hundreds of Muslim protesters in Trappes

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Muslim women are not allowed to wear the face veil in France.

At least five people have been injured in France after clashes broke out between police forces and hundreds of Muslim protesters in a town west of the capital, Paris.

Clashes broke out in the town of Trappes late Friday, resulting in the arrest of at least six people.

The nearly 300 demonstrators were protesting the arrest of a man whose wife was ticketed the day before for wearing a face veil.

Officials accuse the man of trying to strangle the officer who was checking the woman.

According to a Muslim group called Collective Against Islamophobia, the officer yanked the woman by her veil and shoved her mother.

Reports say police forces used tear gas to break up crowds of angry protesters throwing projectiles.

Wearing the face veil is against the law in France. Muslim women are also not allowed to wear headscarves in schools and public buildings.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls denounced the violent clashes between police forces and protesters and called for calm.

Meanwhile, many say it is difficult to imagine that French politicians could not have predicted that Sarkozy’s 2011 anti-burqa law would cause such unrest.

Several Muslims are urging the French government to repeal the anti-burqa law so they can easily turn France into an Islamic country in the near future.


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