Question: What was the reason for the banning of burqas in France? Was it seen as a security risk? Or were there other reasons?
yes at first security reason although every police officer could have obliged a fully covered face to be uncovered to check ID without this law.
But it went beyond : some Feminists argued it was opposed to female dignity but it was not used in the law in the end.
Others argued that it is unknown in French history and traditions and above all NOT a prescription in Islam. Nobody is impeded in her religious freedom : full covering so cannot be endorsed under religious freedom constitutional principle because over 90% of the Muslims do not use this burqa.
Burqa remains legal in private apartments and places : the ban is only in public (streets, mall, shops, administrations, restaurants ..). If Mrs Savant wants to wear a burqa at home or when she is visiting her relative or friends, she could do that as much as she wants. If she wants that even to please her husband ... it's for her to decide freely.