A bill banning the burqa was passed by the French Senate on Tuesday. The vote concluded 246 to 1 with the intentions of preserving the nation's values, reported ABC.
The French Government said the act of wearing the burqa, which includes full body garments and veils covering the faces of Muslim women, is an infringement to a person's dignity and gender equality, labeling it a form of enslavement, stated CNN.
Any woman caught wearing the veil will be fined 150 euros ($190) and/or required to take a course on citizenship. Forcing a woman to wear the veil will result in a year in prison or a 15,000-euro fine.
Every one in four people in France support the ban, compared to only one in three Americans, CNN continued. France is the first country in Europe to execute this legislation. Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Britain are also in favor.