Kenza Drider, a 32-year-old mother of four, put forward her candidacy on the day she attended a court hearing to support two other women who became the first to be fined for the offence.
Hind Amas, also 32, received a fine of 120 euros (£118), while Najate Nait Ali, 36, received one of 80 euros (£72).
Both were arrested outside the town hall in the Paris suburb of Meaux on May 5 while carrying an almond cake to celebrate the birthday of the local mayor, Jean-Francois Cope.
Cope is also head of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP party, and one of the architects of the ban.
Almond sounds like ‘amende’, the French word for fine, and the women wanted to use the ‘joke’ cake to highlight the absurdity of a law which they say has increased anti-Muslim feeling across France.
‘That’s the reason I am standing for President’, said Ms Drider, who comes from the southern city of Avignon, and who has worn the veil for the past 13 years.
Ms Drider will take on Mr Sarkozy as an independent in next year’s general election, and will be bankrolled by a number of influential pro-Islam support groups and influential millionaires.[…]
A spokesman for France’s Interior Ministry confirmed that 91 women have been stopped for wearing burkas since the ban was introduced, with less than a tenth of these cases going to court.
Last week the government of the Netherlands agreed to introduce a ban on the public wearing of Burqas and Niqabs, with Cabinet ministers saying that the burka does “not fit into our open society and women must participate fully.”
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