The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Veiled French woman imprisoned for biting police officer


MARSEILLE, France (AFP) - A French Muslim teenager who was arrested for wearing a full Islamic veil was sent to prison for two months on Thursday after being convicted of biting a policewoman.

Louise-Marie Suisse, 18, was stopped by two police officers near a mosque in the centre of Marseille in late July.

She was wearing a full-face veil, in breach of a ban introduced last year, and refused to cooperate with the police when asked to produce identity papers, her trial was told.

The teenager, who admitted biting one of the officers in the ensuing altercation, was given a six-month jail sentence with four suspended.