A confrontation between Cassandra Belin, her husband and police triggered riots in the Paris suburb of Trappes last year.
He pledged to continue his fight to have the ban overturned, saying: “I am not throwing the towel in.”
The riots in Trappes reflected tensions between police upholding France’s strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against Islam, the country’s second-most followed religion.
French authorities say the ban is needed for security reasons and to uphold the country’s secular traditions.
But critics point out that although the ban covers all face coverings, only women in veils have been arrested.
The European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule later this year on a legal challenge brought by a French Muslim who argues that the ban violates her rights to freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.
(Source / 11.01.2014)