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What is the French hijab ban?

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.

If you want to help, make sure to spread the word about the proposed ban and sign this petition.

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