"The goal of this trial is to talk about this law that was approved too easily," attorney Philippe Bataille told Radio France International in an interview Thursday. "With this law, I feel as if the government wanted to defend the republic with a capital R, against the Islamization of society. It's unfair and unacceptable. How does a woman walking on the street completely veiled pose a threat to public order?"
Cassandra Belin's arrest in July sparked riots in Trappes, a city near Paris with a large immigrant population. The incident that occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan also led to an altercation involving Belin's husband, who received a three-month suspended sentence.
The hearing in Versailles began Wednesday. The court is expected to deliver its decision in early January.
Supporters of the ban, approved by the Constitutional Council in 2010 after three years of debate, said it was required for security reasons and to uphold the France's secular traditions.
Belin's case is not the only legal challenge to France's ban on full-face covering in public places, RFI said. Two weeks ago, the European Court of Human Rights heard a case brought by a French Muslim woman who argues her being unable to wear the full-face veil in public since April 2011 violates her right to freedom of expression and assembly, and is discriminatory.