Writes the Telegraph: "Officers have also been told to look out for members of the public taking the law into their own hands. The ban extends to all garments which cover the eyes, although scarfs, hats, and sunglasses are excluded. Muslims will be able to put on a veil in the privacy of their own homes, mosques, hotel room, or even cars, as long as they are not driving. The new ban will mean France is officially the second country in Europe, after Belgium, to introduce a full ban on a garment which immigration minister Eric Besson has called a 'walking coffin.'"
While French women face the fines and "civic duty" guidance if they break the law, men who force their wives or daughters to wear burqas will face up to a year in prison and fines of up to £25,000.
Above: Scenes from the 2009 Abaya show in France.