On 30th March 2021, as part of the proposed Separatism Bill, the French senate voted in favour of the “prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an interiorisation of women over men” – i.e. no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to wear a hijab.
Other measures voted in include:
- The banning of hijabi mothers from accompanying school trips.
- The banning of burkinis at public swimming pools.
These laws are not yet in effect, as they will first need to be confirmed by the National Assembly.
The hijab is a religious veil worn by Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family. It is largely worn as a means of maintaining modesty and privacy from such men.
If the proposed law comes into place, then the age one is allowed to wear a hijab (18) will be higher than the age of sexual consent (recently set at 15 years of age).
France has a negative history of legislation which impinges upon those adhering to the Islamic faith, having banned face veils in public schools in 2004, and bringing in a complete ban of face veils in 2010. Many French authorities also brought in a burkini ban following the 2016 Nice truck terror attack.
What’s even more ironic is that in the past year due to COVID, France has enforced, yet those caught wearing face veils (niqabs) will still be fined…
Twitter has been largely outraged over this news.
The French Senate just banned girls under 18 and accompanying mothers from wearing hijab in schools.
The obsession with how we dress has nothing to do with “liberation” and everything to do with control and hate.
This is what oppression really looks like for Muslim women.
— Muslim Girl (@muslimgirl) April 2, 2021
the hijab is not a threat. it is purely a part of religious identity. the french senate are in no authority to ban something that does no harm whatsoever.
— apollo 💌 (@apollothebard) April 2, 2021
HANDS OFF OUR HIJABS‼️ i swear to god i don’t see enough people talk about it but the French senate votes to ban girls under 18 from wearing hijabs in public. it’s so messed up!! why cant hijabis wear what they are comfortable in?? FUCK FRENCH
— ilsan⁷ ARSD 📌 (@tetectrls) April 2, 2021
I know this ban hasn’t been passed into law yet, but the fact that a majority of the French Senate voted in favor of the ban preventing women under the age of 18 from wearing hijab is telling. Praying for my hijabi sisters in France ♥️ pic.twitter.com/cvsFdZy12T
— Huda F Are You? (OUT FALL 2021) (@yesimhotinthis) April 5, 2021
Currently in France 🇫🇷 – a Muslim woman will be fined for wearing an Islamic face covering (€165) and for NOT wearing a face mask/covering (€135). Madness.
Different piece of Cloth.
Same old French Islamophobia. pic.twitter.com/yQh7STL9Z4
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) April 2, 2021
LRT the french state policing muslim women's bodies goes hand in hand with their violent colonial history. They did it to women in colonized Algeria and they're continuing their violent, misogynistic, islamophobic efforts in 2021.
— Safiya Z ⵣ (@safifesse) April 1, 2021
something disgusts me about France is how something like the hijab/ conservative dressing pisses them off mainly because they cannot have access to a woman. Even during colonial times the French would spew ugly rhetoric about conservative women but sexualize them at the same time
— 𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐀𝐌 🏳 (@cryindivaa) April 2, 2021
The french Muslim football players should stand up and boycott the national team Idc
— 🛸🇯🇵 (@JackhatesMadara) April 2, 2021
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