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French Minister Compares Muslim Women Who Wear Hijab To “Slaves”

Laurence Rossignol

Oh, I wonder why Muslims feel alienated in France? France, continues to astound with outdoing its own racism and hate, especially of its Arab and Muslim populations.

By the way this is their minister for women’s rights.:

via. AlJazeera English

France’s minister for women’s rights has compared Muslim women who wear the veil to American “Negroes” who accepted slavery, in an interview with French media.

Laurence Rossignol made the comments to RMC radio and BFM TV, igniting accusations of racism on Wednesday across social media as a petition was launchedcalling on the minister to resign.

In just a few hours, the petition gathered more than 10,000 signatures.

Rossignol was a guest on a programme to discuss the Islamic fashion industry. She later said the use of the word Negro had been made in error, but stopped short of retracting the remark.

Many on social media pointed out that Rossignol previously founded an anti-racist coalition, SOS Racisme.

France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe and some of the continent’s most restrictive laws about expressions of faith in public. The veil was banned in 2011.

Elsewhere in the interview, the minister reportedly criticised those who made fashion items such as the so-called burqini, a modest swimsuit covering the head, arms and legs, as “irresponsible”.

Today, according to the  2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report,Muslim consumers spend an estimated $230bn on clothing, a number that is projected to grow to  $327bn by 2019 – larger than the current combined clothing markets of the UK ($107bn), Germany ($99bn), and India ($96bn).

Earlier this year, the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a new abaya and hijab collection aimed at Muslim women.

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  • George Carty

    I think that the “four witnesses for rape thing” is from the Pakistani Hudood Ordinances, which are a kind of peversion of Islamic law.

  • Yausari

    Yeah, what they said and also ‘requires’ to marry four? Maybe you should consider studying what the condition is in the Quran, and it clearly states “otherwise marry one”

  • Awesome

    Except that Muslim men treat their women like slaves and Islamic law requires 4 male witnesses to prove a rape

    Which, in addition to being Islamically and factually incorrect, also has nothing to do with clothing.

  • cmyfe .

    Still good. I wanted to learn micro biology…. ended up in the financial sector.

  • Reynardine

    When I was twelve, I wanted to be both an archaeologist and a vetrinarian; I became, instead, a student of literature and a lawyer.

  • George Carty

    Hasn’t France integrated non-Muslim former colonial subjects far more effectively than its Muslim ones though?

  • AJ

    Even though feminists decry misogyny but then I see quite a few promoting things, including what promotes sexual objectification of women, which primarily caters to men. Sort of a hypocrisy, I say.

  • cmyfe .

    I suppose it does represent a balanced approach based on the culture you live in but it definitely is not the most common one.

    What are the aspirations of an average 12-21 year old girl? What is available in the market and being promoted for her?

    I’m not the type of a person who would ask someone to wear what I want because I don’t have time to think of others in that way but I reject the idea that if a Muslim woman covers herself she is held back or that she becomes a slave.

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