In France, a woman who repeatedly insists on appearing veiled in public can be fined 150 euros and ordered to attend re-education classes (AFP Photo/Miguel Medina)

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that a 2010 law outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom.

In a case brought by a 24-year-old French woman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was justified in introducing the ban in the interests of social cohesion. — AFP