When France imposed a set of laws that restricted Islamic women from wearing veils in schools and public places, the decision divided the nation. On one side was the media, outspoken feminists, and the secular French government, who all argued that the veil was a repressive symbol, a sign that Islamic women had no power over their identities.
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On the other side were French Muslims, who argued that the set of laws that impacted where and when the islamic veil could be worn had nothing to do with oppression, but everything to do with discrimination. The veil then has come to symbolize the simmering undercurrent of Islamophobia in the country, one that has only intensified following the Charlie Hebdo and Paris terrorist attacks.
Read more about the Hijab controversy in France:
New York Times: French Muslims Say Veil Bans Give Cover to Bias
Washington Post: French Muslims caught between Islamophobia and extremism