The French Minister of Sports announced that the country’s athletes will be banned from wearing headscarves at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The United Nations said most women were against the dress code after France banned Olympic athletes from wearing headscarves at the 2024 Paris Games.
French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera explained the government’s decision, saying that it was opposed to any display of religious symbols during sporting events.
“What does that mean? That means a ban on any proselytizing. That means absolute neutrality in public services,” she told France 3 television, adding, “The France team will not wear the headscarf.”
Marta Hurtado did not comment on the president’s remarks but said the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women does not include discrimination.
“Every state party to the Convention, in this case, France, has the responsibility to change the social or cultural structure according to the view of gender superiority and inferiority,” said Marta Hurtado, writing: “Racism.
Targeting a group can be dangerous; this Therefore, restrictions on religion or belief, such as choice of dress, may only be used in certain circumstances.”
This meant circumstances “that address legitimate concerns of public safety, public order, or public health or morals necessarily and proportionately,” she said. France’s laws prohibit wearing “ostentatious” religious symbols in state schools and by civil servants.
The country outlawed full-face coverings in 2010, while in June, France’s Council of State upheld a ban on women footballers wearing the hijab.