The French ban of the niqab, the face-covering Islamic veil also known as the burqa, took effect earlier this week. And now, in a first enforcement of the ban, French police have fined a woman in a mall parking lot outside Paris for wearing a niqab. We discuss this divisive issue.

Dr. Merve Kavakci-Islam, international relations lecturer at George Washington University, author of "Headscarf Politics in Turkey: A Postcolonial Reading," and former member of the Turkish parliament
Dr. Phyllis Chesler, emerita professor of psychology and women's studies at City University of New York, and author of 15 books, including "Women and Madness" and "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman"
Umm Amina, Berkeley resident who wears a niqab
Helene Fouquet, reporter for Bloomberg News' Paris bureau
Frank Browning, writer and journalist currently in Paris

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