A senior French politician today sparked outrage by comparing Muslim women who wear fashions designed for their own religion to ‘negroes who supported slavery’.
Laurence Rossignol, the families secretary in the Socialist government, was reacting to new lines by designers who increasingly cater for followers of Islam.
They include millions of women in countries such as Britain and France who are increasingly drawn to the clothes in a market said to be worth more than £200billion a year.
Dolce & Gabbana’s range includes 14 abayas, or ankle-length dresses matched with embroidered headscarves and hijabs.
Swedish giant H&M uses a veiled Muslim women in its advertising, while Japanese brand Uniqlo said it would sell hijabs in its London stores, along with Marks & Spencer which markets a full-body ‘burqini’ swimming costume online.
Ms Rossignol caused widespread anger on social media by saying Muslim fashion wearers were just like ‘negroes who supported slavery’.
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