Lies Hebbadj, the Muslim businessperson in Nantes who has received a great deal of media attention since his wife was fined with a traffic ticket (see:, has precipitated a new legal proposal to further criminalize polygamy in France (please see the Senate proposal below). Polygamy has been illegal in France since the 1993 Pasqua law; there are approximately 20, 000 polygamous families in the Republic.

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