As France moves ever closer to banning the burqa, French residents discuss whether the ban should go ahead and what the burqa represents.
French polititian Eric Rault argues, "I can wear a cross under my shirt, I can wear a kippah to show my faith, or a headscarf - but to cover the face is a violation of identity, security and dignity". For some, Rault's viewpoints echo the idea that the burqa compromises French ideals and values. Some feel that French identity is slipping away; as one mine worker complains, "we no longer uphold any values". But for others "the ban represents the humiliation of Muslims" and serves to fuel violence against Muslim communities.FULL SYNOPSIS