French President Nicholas Sarkozy, in a speech on June 22, said that the burka, the tent-like clothing that completely covers the body, should be banned in France. In his view, this type of clothing is a sign of subservience, not religion. A French parliamentary commission has already been set up to study the issue; I assume no actual change will occur until it completes its work. (Thanks to Joe.)
His position contrasts with that of President Barack Obama, who praised the defense by the U.S. government of the right of Muslim girls to wear head scarves.
Not long ago, Sarkozy reportedly predicted that France would become an Islamic nation. If he does indeed believe this, perhaps he figures Muslims should accept Western values now.