Paris: Hind Ahmas and Najate Nait Ali, the two French Muslim women who continue to wear the full-face veil in defiance of a new law banning it in France have been issued fines 120 euros and 80 euros respectively by a court on Thursday in Meaux.
They were caught wearing the niqab in public outside Meaux town hall, eastern Paris, soon after the law came in May and now they have become the first of 91 women stopped by French police to be handed a fine.
The women say they will appeal against their punishment all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.
It is interesting to report here that another high-profile niqab-wearer, Kenza Drider, has said she will stand for president in the 2012 election in her niqab.
She said: "The reality is, there is a lot of unemployment in France and a lot of problems in France so let's not focus on what I wear, let's deal with the real problems. So my candidacy is really being done for that. To say don't stop at what I'm wearing, but go much deeper."