On January 26, 2010, a French parliamentary commission recommended a partial ban on the wearing of burqas and other facial veils donned by Muslim women in public areas. The French Constitutional Court approved a bill banning facial veils in public in October 2010, finding the law and its 150 euro penalty to be constitutional. The ban took effect in April 2011, and a French court fined the two first violators in September 2011. France's burqa ban resonated throughout Europe, and other Western European nations have passed similar bills since the passage of the French bill.
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