Only nikabs and burqas, ie veils that completely cover the face, are prohibited by law.
An internal note from the head of the Montbéliard prison (Doubs) asks every visitor to remove his headgear on arrival at the establishment, which is illegal, reports France Bleu Belfort-Montbéliard Thursday 23 August, confirmation information revealed by Mediapart Tuesday. This instruction requires that each person appears as it appears on his identity card.
The mother of a detainee was the victim of this directive, Tuesday 26 June, when she wanted to visit his son, detained in the prison of Montbéliard. The supervisor who controls access to the milking parlor forced her to remove her veil. According to trade union representative Ufap Stéphane Mazeftopoulos, who was not present at the time of the facts, "Supervisors told him," As long as you recognize the person, you let her go! " The supervisor in question refuses and asks "she finds herself so she is when she appears on her identity card".
The directive of the head of the branch is against the law. Only nikabs and burqas, ie veils that completely cover the face, are forbidden. "The question does not have to be asked!" The person comes with a veil in the establishment, his face is not hidden, there are no difficulties, it is recognized and she enters the establishment, end point "reminds Pascal Vion, interregional director of penal institutions, Dijon.
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Such internal notes often occur according to the Prison Observation Government. "In Fresnes we canceled a note from the management that forbade families to cross the dividing wall between the detainee and his family"says François Bès, coordinator of the Observatory research unit. "This wall has been completely illegal since 1983." For the time being, no sanction has been imposed, but the memorandum is corrected. A reminder of the law will also be sent to all prison staff.