Right-Wing Politician Demands Woman Remove Hijab

A far-right politician demanded a woman remove her hijab in a public meeting. Now, a fresh row over secularism has begun in France.

French law does not prohibit wearing a hijab in public spaces —including in council chambers

A woman comforting her crying son went viral — after she was ordered to remove her hijab. She was accompanying her son and other children on a school trip to a French local council —when far-right politician Julian Odoul asked the head of the council that she take off her hijab. Images of the mother comforting her crying son were met with outrage as the video – posted by Odoul himself – went viral on Twitter. The mother later spoke about the incident.

The Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comté in Dijon was having a public plenary session when Julien Odoul, a far-right politician representing the National Rally party, said: "In the name of our republican and secular principles, I asked (President of the regional council) Marie-Guite Dufay to have the Islamic veil removed from a school counsellor present in the Chamber. We are in a public building; we are in a democratic indication. She can wear it at her home, in the street, but not here, not today. So please, in the name of our Republic principles, also in the name of women all over the world who fight to remove themselves from Islamic dictatorship, I ask you to ask this person to remove her veil."

The recently published European Islamophobia Report found that France in 2018 had seen a 52 percent increase in Islamophobia. The report noted that anti-Muslim sentiment is deeply rooted in contemporary French society, noting: “Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism take their modern roots in the French colonization of Muslim lands from the conquest of Algiers in 1830.” Muslim women, in particular, are at risk of being discriminated against and facing assault. While the wearing of conspicuous religions symbols has been banned from public schools and government offices in 2004, French law does not prohibit wearing a hijab in public spaces —including in council chambers.


10/16/2019 8:02 PM
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  • Lynn D.
    8 hours

    Being told what one can and can not wear is not freedom!

  • Dylan K.
    14 hours

    Secular France... until it comes to Islam and Judaism, then we can't "oppress" them 😒

  • Sherry V.
    5 days

    That man is part of the problem! What a f*cking *ssh*le!!!

  • Ellen K.
    5 days

    Yet another of patriarchy’s masquerades....

  • Michelle L.
    5 days

    Secular principals means no prayer before the meeting, it is meant to prevent discrimination, not encourage it. I'll bet you ten bucks he had a crucifix under his shirt.

  • Wendy C.
    5 days

    This is how hate starts.

  • DaNesha J.
    6 days

    Don't say all women. I didn't have a say in this rule. A select number of women.

  • Margo L.
    11/15/2019 05:02

    This is unfortunate, the law is the law and must be followed. Maybe a new law that supports more diversity and their religious differences to be united and respected in government affiliated places.

  • Rhonda R.
    11/15/2019 04:56

    She should have! She is in our country! If we can't go in without, our faces showing why should she. Can't go in a bank with our faces covered (it's against the law) , but they can. I don't think so.

  • Evan R.
    11/14/2019 16:47

    Once they are 51% of the population, they will make YOU wear a hijab, ladies!

  • Norali A.
    11/14/2019 11:49

    What a stupid man !

  • Leslie L.
    11/13/2019 21:23

    Laws are there for a reason. She should remove it or leave!!!!

  • Elizabeth P.
    11/13/2019 20:21

    That's a Trump move right there!!

  • Angela D.
    11/13/2019 01:15

    Way to go!

  • Alicia N.
    11/12/2019 17:11

    Okay but who here was personally effected ? Who cares if woman wear hijabs it doesn’t hurt me !!!!! Wear them anywhere you want it I will support it !

  • Donna R.
    11/12/2019 13:27

    Keep wearing your hijab, girl. GOD before government ALWAYS!

  • Josian-Jay S.
    11/11/2019 20:18

    Quel Imbecilé!

  • Nathan D.
    11/11/2019 16:19

    How ironic that their "secular principles" lead them to behave in a way that is akin to the "religious bigotry" that they are trying to eradicate.

  • Jonathan N.
    11/10/2019 15:04

    I'd bet everyone is required to remove their hats in the building....

  • Raul R.
    11/10/2019 02:44

    tell the kkk to remove thier masks insted