I have already expressed my views on what almost became a controversy in Spain with respect to Muslim girls sporting the veil at public schools. Now I just came across an article by Laila Lalami in The Nation, entitled “Beyond the Veil” on the prohibition of the veil in France. Laila Lalami is a Moroccan born writer who lives in the U.S. and writes in English. Although I have not read her novel (and therefore don’t have an opinion on her writing), I do often check out her blog to learn about the other novelists she features.
In any event, if you are interested in the politics of the veil, I do recommend you read her article.