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Decathlon have cancelled plans to put a Sports hijab on sale

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French sports store Decathlon has cancelled its plans to put a sports hijab on sale in their stores in France after a number of politicians have called for a boycott.

 

The hijab was set to be a plain, lightweight running headscarf, which would cover an athlete's hair and not their face. The product is already on sale in Morocco and was set to be extended worldwide.

However, a burst of outrage on social media from a number of politicians against the act of Muslim head coverings, the company has stalled its plans as the product will not go on sale in the country.  

Agnès Buzyn, the current health minister in France, has said: “It’s a vision of women that I don’t share. I would prefer if a French brand did not promote the headscarf.”

Aurore Bergé, a member of Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, La République En Marche, tweeted that she would boycott the store. She said: “My choice as a woman and citizen will be to no longer trust a brand which breaks with our values.”

 

Decathlon continues to stand by the product and say they have received over 500 calls and emails around the issue as well as an array on insults and threats towards staff.

However, this row is just the latest in an ongoing political battle over the way in which Muslim women dress in France.

In 2010, former president Nicolas Sarkozy banned full-face coverings in France. Girls attending state schools have been banned from wearing veils since 2004, and public sector workers are not allowed to wear a veil or any religious materials at all at work.  

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