French Lawmakers May Limit Hard-to-Apply Burqa Ban

The lawmaker heading a commission exploring whether France should forbid Muslim women from wearing face-covering veils in public says the panel may simply propose recommendations — rather than a law.

However, Andre Gerin said Friday it's certain that a ban in hospitals and other public services will be proposed. He did not elaborate.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday there is "no place for the burqa" in France.

The parliamentary commission has been holding hearings on the subject since July, with Muslim leaders, scholars and others. Conclusions are due next month.

One quandary is how a ban would be enforced. Another is how not to insult all Muslims — even those opposed to the Saudi- or Afghan-style veil that hides the face.