The EU has decided to ban the Muslim veil to pander to popular disquiet at this divisive mask - but they haven't. Not really. Well, they have and at the same time it is not the veil that is banned.
Here is the wording.
"No-one may wear in public places clothes that are aimed at hiding the face," says the text of a new law that is to be presented to parliament in July, according to a copy seen by Le Figaro.
It does not say 'Muslim women forced into wearing a veil against their will is to be stopped'.
It says this is to be stopped:
Hiding from CCTV, the Eye of God, must be prevented.
The veil is a convenient excuse.