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Twitterverse links France burqa ban and Eiffel Tower bomb threat

French Burqa Ban
(Alastair Miller/Bloomberg News)

The French senate approved a ban on full Muslim veils, the Associated Press reports. The ban will go into effect next spring.

The French police reported that an anonymous caller said Tuesday night that a bomb had been planted at the Eiffel Tower. AP reports that about 2,500 people were evacuated from the area.

The Twitterverse linked the two events. Some tweeted their support of the ban, others tweeted their dismay:

The Eifel Tower park has been evacuated because of a bomb threat. Wouldn't have anything to do with the burqa ban, now would it?less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

i just read this in response to the frech ban on the burqa: "Thank God for the French to uphold the rights of women everywhere." umm...okay.less than a minute ago via web

WONDERFUL NEWS BURQA'S ARE NOW BANNED!!! French senate to vote on burqa ban - #cnn #win #iran THANK YOU! #gratefulless than a minute ago via web

So much for #freedom of #expression! How is nudity more acceptable in wrld? #French senate to vote on #burqa #ban - than a minute ago via web

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It's France. ~shrug~

The Seine hasn't changed course. We'll send the kids off to school tomorrow. We'll go shopping and we'll go to work.

It's not like someone raised the price of a baguette.

Posted by: darling_ailie | September 14, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

War on fashion is pretty ironic coming from the French.

Call it what you will, clothing is just fashion.

Deporting Roma en masse, and making criminals out of women wearing clothing that is not en vogue is despotic.

France should be ashamed.

Posted by: forestbloggod | September 14, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The burqua is "just fashion"? Vous rigoler! Yeah, and Jim Brown was "just a running back" and Britney Spears is "just a bimbo". There are degrees and nuances to everything, try to be less simple-minded about this issue. The French really do believe in the concept of seperation of church and state and human rights, therefore the burqua, which infringes on both, has to go. fin d'histoire.

Posted by: lenfercetlesautres1 | September 14, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Absurd. Muslims can practice male genital mutilation (circumcision) in France, but they can't wear the burqa! It's a double slight toward Muslims! Even if you think circumcision is kosher, the French don't. See it through their eyes. A double slight!

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | September 14, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

when in rome...

Posted by: citizenp77 | September 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I personally don't like Islam, but then I don't like Christianity either. So the less religious symbols I see in the world, the happier I am.

Today the burqua, tomorrow the red dot, the cross should be next.

Posted by: radicall | September 14, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

We need burquas here to cover up the fat a%% American women.

Posted by: alientech | September 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Burquas are also a national security concern. Do you know who - or what - is under the burqua?

We've all seen on the news how radical islamists can be set off to protest and go on a murdering rampage at the slightest provocation.

The burqua makes it easier to conceal weapons and bombs.

Of course bad imams are going to encourage Muslims to protest the ban of burquas - not just in France, but everywhere in the world.

What better way for the bad imams to control the poor and uneducated Muslims to do their dirty deeds. Remove the burquas, and the bad imams have lost a major tool to gain easy access to crititcal locations where they can cause the most damage for their "cause."

The burqua has no ties to Islam; therefore, banning the burqua has nothing to do with intolerance.

Posted by: asmith1 | September 15, 2010 5:11 AM | Report abuse

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