Two women wearing the niqab were sentenced Thursday to fines by the French courts, the first such decision made by a court since the entry into force of the law prohibiting the wearing of veils in public.
Hind, Ahmasi 32, and Najat Naït Ali, 36, were sentenced to pay 120 and 80 euros.
According to their lawyer, the two women will appeal the decision and are ready to bring the case before the European Court of Human Rights.
Several women had already given fines in the street by the police, but this is the first time a case like this was tried by a court.
The two women sentenced were supported by several other women in niqab.
France is the first European country to conduct a general ban on headscarves, which would cover some 2,000 women in the country.
The law prohibits to wear attire and clothing masking the face with a veil, a helmet or a hood in public, whether on the streets, in parks, shops, railway stations or public institutions.
According to an association that militates against this law, half of the approximately 2000 women wearing the full Islamic veil in France have stopped wearing it since the entry into force of the law in April.
Many Muslims have opposed this legislation, initiated by a parliamentary communist taken over by the conservative majority in parliament, which was charged to stigmatize an entire community in France estimated at between 4 and 6 million people, the most important Europe.
Several countries, including Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland, followed closely the case of the full veil in France, and are considering adopting similar legislation.