France became the world’s first country to ban the veils anywhere in public after president Nicolas Sarkozy declared they imprisoned women and contradicted national values of dignity and equality. About a dozen people, including three women wearing niqab veils protested in front of Notre Dame.
Police said they detained two of the women because the protest was not authorised and they refused to disperse when asked to.
It was not clear whether the women were fined for wearing a veil. The fine is 150 euro (£133).