Source: The Local Fr
By Ingri Bergo
Arguments over Muslim women wearing headscarves surface fairly regularly in France. As the Muslim community again hit the headlines we speak to the French women who wear the hijab about how it feels to have your clothing made the object of national scrutiny.
It’s a recurrent topic in France. In October, it was a mother wearing a headscarf on a school trip. Last spring, it was a popular sports store’s launch of the ‘running hijab’. In 2016, it was the ‘burkini’ (a total-body swimsuit).
Each time, the outrage over a piece of clothing worn by some Muslim women spiralled into a near existentialist debate in France: Did these women’s dresscode breach with the principle of secularism at the heart of the French state?
“Every time, it’s our belonging or exclusion to society that is really being discussed,” said Hania Chalal, a 26-year-old student in Strasbourg, who leads the union Muslim Students in France (Etudiants Musulmans de France, EMF).
Hania is French. She grew up in Strasbourg, and felt “no pressure” from her parents to wear the headscarf.
“I wore it quite late, compared to other girls,” she said.
Mother Mary is always with a Hijab in artist's imagination. How can any open minded Christian be against Hijab? pic.twitter.com/DZuOrGGPFR
— Zia H Shah (@ZiahShah1) December 16, 2015