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Proposed Hijab Ban in Sports in France Draws Condemnation

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Thursday, 27 January 2022 – 15:45 WIB

VIVA – A law in France proposes to ban the headscarf in all sports. Suddenly, this proposal drew criticism from various parties, because it was considered cruel and too exclusive.

Last week, the French Senate voted in favor of banning the hijab in sporting competitions.

The proposed law stipulates that the use of “flashy religious symbols is prohibited” to take part in any sporting event or competition, whether recreational activity or elite participation.

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The law can be ratified as early as January 31 with a voting mechanism.

The law was proposed by the far-right group Les Republicains and adopted with 160 votes in favor and 143 against. President Emmanuel Macron and the French Government oppose the ban.

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