Veil scuffle sparks riot in France

AFP-JIJI

A 14-year-old boy has been seriously injured in clashes between police and protesters in the western suburbs of Paris after officers stopped a woman for wearing a veil.

The teenager suffered an eye injury after being hit in the face by a projectile Friday evening. It is not yet known which side the projectile came from.

The youth was still hospitalized Saturday. Several police offers were also injured.

Some 250 youths had gathered in the suburb of Trappes on Friday evening, throwing stones at police, who responded with tear gas. Trouble started around 8:30 p.m. and carried on sporadically through the night until about 2 a.m. Saturday.

It was sparked by an incident Thursday that started when an officer stopped a woman wearing a veil. During the episode, the woman’s husband attacked and apparently tried to strangle the officer, according to Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous.

That version was disputed by the Collective against Islamophobia in France, who said trouble started after police “provocation.”

France introduced a law in April 2011 banning the wearing of full face veils in public places.

  • Anita Railing

    I see Japanese women voluntarily covering up their faces all the time. Go to any beach and you’ll see the most strange assortment of full body swimwear. It’s like some middle eastern country the way they dress. Frankly I find it disturbing. Shops are full of alien looking full face visors, full arm driving gloves, it is bizarre.