I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil).
I�m one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I�m one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media.
I�m one of those whom many feel the need to liberate.
I�m one of those you may think is oppressed.
I�m one of those many of you detest the sight of...
I�m one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice.
But I do. So let me speak.
I am not Arab, Asian or even African. I am Australian. No, not �first generation�, �second generation�, or an immigrant. On my mother�s side, I�m of French-Canadian descent, and on my father�s side; British. I grew up as a Christian, and attended church occasionally. I was in the school swim team, and district netball team. I holidayed with my family in the summer on the Gold Coast, and I�m educated. I have a university degree.
When I was 18 years of age I was introduced to Islam. I studied it, and accepted it a year and a half later. By the time I reached 20, I was wearing the headscarf, and after I married I donned the niqaab.
Because of my husband? No.
My husband did not want me to wear it, although his mother and sister do, and out of respect for his wishes I didn�t do so for two years. But I wanted to, and eventually did, and knowing it to be in line with our religion, my husband knew he had no authority to prevent me, and he now greatly admires my strength.
Then, I wore it because of my father? No. He�s a catholic.
France stands by veil ban after riots
PARIS (Reuters) � France�s interior minister on Monday defended a ban on wearing full-face veils in public after a police check on a Muslim woman caused two nights of rioting near Paris, exposing tensions in immigrant-heavy suburbs.
The 2010 law was brought in by conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy and targets burqa and niqab garments that conceal the face, rather than the headscarf that is more common among French Muslim women.
A police check on a couple in the southwest suburb of Trappes provoked an angry confrontation that led overnight on Friday to a police station being surrounded by several hundred people, some hurling rocks. Another building was torched in several hours of street violence that led to six arrests.
�Police did their job perfectly,� Interior Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio.
�The law banning full-face veils is a law in the interests of women and against those values having nothing to do with our traditions and values. It must be enforced everywhere,� he said.
The town of some 30,000 inhabitants, which has produced celebrities including soccer player Nicolas Anelka, was mostly calm on Monday as tow trucks carted away burnt cars.
Тот даже не повернул головы и выключил двигатель. - Двадцать тысяч! - крикнул Беккер. - Мне срочно нужно в аэропорт. Наконец парень посмотрел на. - Scusi? - Он оказался итальянцем.