Decathlon cancels sports hijab sale in France

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27 February 2019

French sportswear retailer Decathlon has scrapped plans to sell a hijab for women runners in France following a public outcry, ONA reports citing Sputniknews.

The firm said it had decided to suspend the product following "a wave of insults" and "unprecedented threats".

French politicians said the "running hijab" contradicted the country's secular values, and some lawmakers suggested a boycott of the brand.

Decathlon initially stood by the hijab, which is already for sale in Morocco.

The issues of how Muslim women dress in public has often stoked controversy in France.

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