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NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Arthur Goldhammer

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An unidentified veiled woman, flanked by friends, was taken away by police officers in Paris earlier today (April 11, 2011). France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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Eleanor Beardsley, from Paris

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