French parliamentarians have voted to ban the wearing of the hijab in public for those under 18, to ban burkinis in public pools, and to ban the wearing of the hijab for those accompanying children on school trips.
The bans were suggested in the context of a bill confirming respect for the Principles of the Republic With a senatorial majority voting in favour of the prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an inferiorization of women over men.
The votes were contrary to the position of the government on the bill and will need to be confirmed by the National Assembly to become law.
Some senators have claimed that the veils or hijabs are “sexist” and “markers of the submission of women.”
However, Amnesty International has said that the new regulations would further pave the way for discriminative policies against the Muslim minority in France.