The Minister for Women’s Rights in France made comments to RMC radio and BFM TV comparing women who wore hijabs to “American negros who favoured slavery“.
Laurence Rossignol appeared on French tv to criticize fashion brands that were marketing clothing wear for Muslim women – those brands that were marketing hijabs for Muslims were “irresponsible“.
Reasonably so, many spoke out on Twitter about the French Minister’s gross disregard for religious choice.
— IslamophobiaWatchAU (@islamophobiaAUS) March 31, 2016
— Yasser Louati (@yasserlouati) March 31, 2016
— Claude Demougins (@Claude2mougins) March 30, 2016
The tweet above is translated to “Dear Malala, do you know in the eyes of Laurence Rossignol you are a negro slave“.
She later responded saying she used the word “negro” as a mistake, later admitting to AFP news agency that she had not foreseen the wider reaction and said the word should not be used “even when it is authorised in reference to slavery“.
Really, Ms. Rossignol. What on earth tipped you off.
Laurence Rossignol sparked a wave of fury over her blatant racism and ignorance over Muslim women. On Wednesday, a petition was launched across social media calling on the minister to resign.
Thousands have signed the petition.
The French Minister’s comments are deemed to be encouraging state racism, and her claim that the Islamic fashion market (worth $230 billion) is putting Muslim women under pressure to dress more modestly with marketing hijabs. “(They are) in a position where they have to wear it“.
Yes, because at night, the magical Islamic Fashion Fairy comes out and brainwashes sleeping Muslim women into wearing hijabs.
— Musab (@musab_ys) March 30, 2016
French Minister #LaurenceRossignol: Veiled Muslim women are like “niggers in favour of slavery”. Shame on the President if she’s not sacked
— Yasser Louati (@yasserlouati) March 30, 2016
Take note, Monsieur Président.
You Can Watch the Video of Laurence Rossignol’s claims here: