French fine driver for wearing veil

French police have fined a woman for wearing a veil while driving, claiming she did not have a clear field of vision.

The woman's lawyer, Jean-Michel Pollono, said the motorist was fined £22 by traffic officers in the city of Nantes earlier this month.

Police said they fined the woman under a rule which states that motorists should have "freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision".

The woman is to appeal against the fine. Her lawyer pointed out that a veil is the equivalent to a motorcycle helmet, regarding vision hindrance.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he wants to ban women from publicly wearing veils which cover the face and body.

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