1. France

    Hollande to Keep Burqa Ban

    France's Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Francois Hollande leaves after a  visit in the northern French city of Hirson on April 24, 2012. Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande stepped up their battle Tuesday for the six million votes that went to the far right in the first round of France's presidential election. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/GettyImages)

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    France's socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande told RTL radio Friday that if elected, he won't overturn a law banning face-covering Muslim veils, called "the burqa ban," which was enacted by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande, who leads Sarkozy in polls ahead of the May 6 runoff, had abstained from the 2010 vote on the ban, along with other Socialists. But Hollande now says he would "have it applied in the best way." Muslim leaders say the law unfairly stigmatizes Muslims.

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