Considering that the ruling party has proposed the law, it is a newsworthy article, even if the headline is misleading. After all, health care has merely been proposed, not passed, but we still find it worthy of discussion.
The Economist wrote about this back in June 2009 when the commission that The Daily Mail is reporting on was convened. TDM is merely announcing what the commission decided: yes, we should formally propose a ban.
From the Economist:
Now that Mr Sarkozy has publicly condemned the burqa, the chances of a ban have risen sharply. Parliament has launched a cross-party mission to report back in six months. In fact, few women wear the full garment in France. But mayors of cities with big Muslim populations report a steady increase in numbers, due not to immigration but to its adoption by French-born women—often from North African countries where the burqa is not traditionally worn.
There are Muslim women, both in America and Europe, that have started wearing hijab as a reaction against anti-Muslim sentiment; a show of solidarity.
The already-in-place headscarf ban (in state schools) affects Jewish and Christians who cover their hair, and not just Muslim women. But saying that Christians will be next doesn’t bother them because most French people are atheists or agnostics. Tyranny of the majority at work.