French ban on the wearing of veil designed to conceal one’s face in public does not breach the European Convention on Human Rights
The case of S.A.S. v. France concerns the complaint of a French national, who is a practising Muslim, of no longer being allowed to wear the full-face veil in public following the entry into force of a law prohibiting the concealment of one’s face in public places. TheEuropean Court of Human Rights emphasised that respect for the conditions of “living together” was a legitimate aim for the measure at issue.
The Court held that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, no violation of Article 9 (right to respect for freedom of thought, conscience and religion), and no violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).
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