Program Note: Sarkozy's statement comes as debate rages in France about Muslim women wearing the covering, with some French lawmakers calling for a ban on them. Watch the full report Tonight AC360° at 10 p.m. ET
The Christian Science Monitor
In the battle of the burqa, the two Western presidents from two international defenders of freedom, France and America, are finding no common ground.
On Monday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy forcefully condemned the burqa, the traditional female dress for some segments of Islam that covers a woman from head to toe, as a form of enslavement. And he vowed to ban it from the French republic.
Mr. Sarkozy's position, offered in a speech to Parliament, followed by less than a month American President Obama's opposite take on the subject of covering by Muslim women.
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