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Middle East moves to outlaw berets in tit-for-tat row over French burqa ban

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Middle East moves to outlaw berets in tit-for-tat row over French burqa ban

Exception will be made if wearer is frequenting a patisserie

In what commentators have described as a “blatant tit-for-tat” response to France’s increasingly divisive burqa ban, Middle East governments yesterday pushed forward plans to outlaw the wearing of berets across the region.

The new rulings, should they come into effect as planned next year, will see berets banned from being worn in public places, with police given powers to fine and arrest anyone who refuses to comply. According to rumours, an exception will be given if the wearer is frequenting a patisserie.

“This has nothing to do with France’s banning of headscarves,” said a source from Iran. “Our efforts to forbid people from wearing berets is simply due to the fact such headwear prevents the clear identification of individuals, making people either appear excessively French or like Frank Spencer, even when they’re not.”

The news has reportedly been met with disgust from the regional art world while organisers of Riyadh’s annual Che Guevara Lookalike Competition have described the move as a “complete nightmare”.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. IHuang

    July 30, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Frustration was also felt by the Mime Convention scheduled in Muscat in two weeks. Said one of the spokespersons, “Do you know how long we have been organizing this? It is just not the same, when we are doing the rope trick, the glass wall trick, or the rubber ball in my pocket out and then out of my mouth bit.”

  2. subhadar

    August 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

    OOoaah! You are surely pushing my leg? I am thinking this is made up and not true.

  3. Joe

    September 9, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Gem 😀 – organisers of Riyadh’s annual Che Guevara Lookalike Competition have described the move as a “complete nightmare”…. hahahaha

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