Woman in veil to run for French presidency

September 23rd, 2011 - 12:41 am ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 22 (IANS) A woman in France who defied the ban on wearing burqa Thursday said she would stand against President Nicolas Sarkozy in the next election.

Kenza Drider, 32, spoke of her candidacy Thursday after attending a court hearing to support Hind Amas and Najate Nait Ali - who became the first to be fined for the offence in France.

Amas, also 32, received a fine of 120 euros, while Nait Ali, 36, received one of 80 euros, Daily Mail reported.

Both were arrested outside the town hall in the Paris suburb of Meaux May 5 while carrying an almond cake to celebrate the birthday of the local mayor, Jean-Francois Cope.

Drider will take on Sarkozy as an independent in next year’s general election, the Mail said.

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