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Polygamy furore after veil fine

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By: Jessica Phelan

One day after the French government announced that it would press ahead with its plan to ban Muslims from wearing full-face veils in public, a woman from Nantes revealed that she'd already received a fine for wearing a veil while driving. But next it emerged that she was one of four women claiming to be married to the same man, an Algerian-born Muslim who obtained French citizenship by marrying a French woman. The government is calling for an inquiry into whether the man can be stripped of French nationality, in a case that has reignited France's controversial debate on national identity and religious rights.

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