French Sportswear Retailer Decathlon Suspends Sale of Hijabs

2020-02-19 02:20:23    阅读:237472

A major French sportswear retailer has announced that it will pull hijabs from shelves after receiving over 500 calls and emails complaining about the product, the BBC reports.   We are making the decision to not market this product in France at this time, Decathlon spokesman Xavier Rivoire reportedly told a local station, RTL radio, on Tuesday. The BBC cited an earlier interview Rivoire gave to the

AFP news agency, in which he said that Decathlons intention was to make sport accessible for all women

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The lightweight Muslim headscarf has long been criticized for going against Frances secular values, and some lawmakers have suggested a boycott of the brand. Decathalon, which has 1,510 stores in 49 countries, released an official statement on Twitter. For years, rights groups have argued that Frances secular laws foster Islamophobia and discriminate against Muslim women. Related Stories    

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   World Notre Dame Cathedral Is Not Yet Saved: French Official Since 2004, it has been illegal for Muslim women to wear a headscarf in state schools and some government buildings, and in 2016, more than 20 towns moved to ban women from wearing so-called burkinis, or full-body swimsuits, on public beaches. The French Minister for Womens Rights, Laurence Rossignol, has also been criticized for her forthright condemnations of fashion retailers that sell products designed for Muslim women. Write to Hillary Leung at hillary.leung@time.com.

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