PARIS — Paris police have detained a woman wearing an Islamic veil at a protest on the first day of France’s ban on the face coverings.

The ban makes France the first country in the world to forbid the veils anywhere in public.

About a dozen people, including three women wearing veils, staged a protest in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, and one woman was taken away in a van.

A police officer on the site says the woman was detained because the protest was not authorized and the protesters refused to disperse.

The officer was not authorized to be publicly named.

It is unclear whether she was also fined. The law says veiled women risk a €150 ($215) fine or special citizenship classes.