Decathlon have cancelled plans to put a Sports hijab on sale
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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.
French retailer Decathlon has pulled its sports 'hijab' after public blacklash.— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) February 28, 2019
The country's health minister said it did 'not fit well with our values' pic.twitter.com/vCjWxiRFdt
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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.
Le sport émancipe. Il ne soumet pas. Mon choix de femme et de citoyenne sera de ne plus faire confiance à une marque qui rompt avec nos valeurs.— Aurore Bergé (@auroreberge) February 26, 2019
Ceux qui tolèrent les femmes dans l'espace public uniquement quand elles se cachent ne sont pas des amoureux de la liberté.#Decathlon
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.