Bulgaria becomes the latest country to ban the Muslim face veil following in the footsteps of France and the Netherlands

Politicians in Bulgaria have approved a bill that would ban the wearing of clothing that conceals faces, fully or partially, in public places.

A total of 108 MPs voted in favour of the legislation – eight voted against – at its first reading, according to reports, which was proposed by the nationalist Patriotic Front (PF) and would prohibit niqabs and burqas.

The law will apply to all official institutions and sites which provide administrative, educational or social services as well as places for public leisure.