Paris, 27 Oct. (AKI) - A man claiming to be Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden on Wednesday threatened France with violence if it didn't
pull its troops out of Afghanistan and accused the European country of oppressing Muslim women by forbidding them to wear a veil in public.
"You can't be complicit in the occupation of our countries and the killing of our women and children and then ask to live in peace and security," the voice message aired by Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazzera said.
The speaker referred to recently passed law barring women in France from covering their faces in public and the September kidnapping of five French citizens and nationals and two others in the west African's Niger.
"If you think it is your right to ban our women from wearing the veil don't you think it is right that we chase your invaders from our countries?"
"Our kidnapping of French technicians (in mid-September) is a response to the tyranny committed by France to Muslims,"
The kidnapping took place on the night of 15 Sept. in the northern mining town of Arlit and involved employees of the French companies Areva and Vinci.