Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Piketty on the Carbon Tax


La burqa chiffrée

According to the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur, 367 women wear the burqa in France. Most wear it voluntarily, for reasons of "militantism" or "provocation," according to this source. One-quarter are converts to Islam.

Awfully precise information, considering how little was supposedly known about the burqa when controversy erupted a few weeks ago. But if the number 367 is anywhere near accurate (does it include the investigative journalist for Rue89 about whom I reported a few days ago?), I think that France will survive even if women are permitted to wear the burqa in the street. And since most are said to wear it voluntarily, the supposed justification for a ban--that it is a symbol of the oppression of women by men--would seem weakened.