After a number of politicians, one of whom was from Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, called for a boycott, the French sport company Decathlon has cancelled a sports hijab market plan in France.
The dealer is already on sale in Brussels and is planning to expand to France and worldwide, with its plain, light running scarf covering the hair, not the face. However, after a storm in the social media and the outrage from certain politicians about Muslim heads, the company tracked back and said that the clothing was not being sold in France.
Agnès Buzyn, Macron’s Minister of Health, said of the garment: “It’s a women’s vision I don’t share. Aurore Bergé, of Macron’s Central Party, La République En Marche, tweeted her opposition, saying that she was boycotting the store she accused of not respecting French values. I’d rather have a French brand not to promote a headscarf. “My choice as a woman,” she said.
The ruin of Muslim women’s dress was the latest political storm in France. School girls have been forbidden to wear veils since 2004, and public-sector workers can not wear veils or external religious symbols on the job, because they must be regarded as neutral. Many mayors in French coastal towns issued “burkini” beach bans or full-body bath suits worn in 2016 by some Muslim women.
The highest administrative court in France swiftly ruled such ban illegal, but the French principle of laicity was a heated political rally built on a strict division of church and state. The French principle of laicité. Rights Groups warned politicians that the principle of political benefit was twisted and distorted and used to deliberately target Muslims after a series of terrorist attacks.