PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out a ban on the Islamic hijab in public, admitting that the Muslim women outfit should be tolerated in the country.
In an interview on French TV, Macron said that, while he was personally not in favor of hijab, “I respect veiled women, but I want to make sure that they are wearing veils and headscarves out of personal choice,” Macron continued.
They later banned burqa, or full face-veil in public in 2011. Anyone caught wearing the burqa or niqab is fined €150.
“We are committed to equality between men and women. But we must do more to explain this need for gender equality and convince people of its importance. However, banning the Muslim headscarf in public places would be counter-productive,” The Express quotes his interview.
“The French state is secular but French society is not, and Muslim women should be allowed to wear what they want.”
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not just a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
In 2017, the European Union’s top court ruled that employers are allowed to ban the “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign,” including the hijab.