The news lead in CNN's story of the Muslim veils being banned in France effectively stated where the bill was passed, by whom, when this week it was passed, and what law was approved. It elaborated with some detail describing what the Muslim veil is and also emphasized the importance of this act by asserting it was Europe's first country to do so. The lead is fairly detailed and ques the reader in on exactly what is being banned and ending with why this story is one of a kind.
Perhaps the lead would not have had as much impact if it had just said "burqa" because if people do not know what one is, they may lose interest quickly. The last fragment demands attention for readers to realize how France has distinguished itself from all other European countries.