Sarkozy says all beliefs will be respected in France but says "becoming French means adhering to a form of civilization, to values, to morals."
Sarkozy said Thursday during a speech on national identity that "France is a country where there is no place for the burqa."
France has a large Muslim community but only a small minority of French Muslim women wear burqas, common in Afghanistan, or other face-covering veils.
Sarkozy said in June that burqas would not be welcome in France.
Since then a parliamentary panel has been looking into the possibility of banning them in public.