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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.