A burqa-clad Muslim woman was recently kicked out of the famous Bastille Opera House in Paris because cast members refused to perform as long as she kept her veil on.
Members of the cast of the opera La Traviata “objected strongly” to a woman sitting in the front row wearing a niqab-type veil. She was not spotted until the second act of the show, at which point the singers refused to continue until she either removed her veil or left.
She was eventually kicked out of the theater in a move made to support France’s 2011 ban on covering one’s face in public.
Though this incident occurred on October 3, it was only recently publicized. It has quickly inspired a toughening of the “burqa ban” in France. France’s Ministry of Culture promised the government would “produce a new set of rules” to ensure that the ban will continue to be strongly enforced in theaters and museums across the country.
France is home to over five million Muslims, and it was the first European country to ban burqas.
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