France veil ban meets with defiance from some Muslim women
11 April 2011 Last updated at 23:20 BST
France has become the first country in Europe to ban the Islamic veil.
Anyone caught wearing the Muslim niqab or burka in public is liable to a fine of 150 euros and lessons in French citizenship.
However the ban has been met with defiance by some.
Gavin Hewitt reports from Paris.