Female Air France attendants are rightfully upset over being asked to wear Islamic headscarves (hijabs) when flights between France and Iran resume later this month (apparently, the service has been suspended for the last eight years).
Via the National Post:
The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme.
Iranian women have been forced by law to cover their hair or face stiff fines or even imprisonment since 1979.
In staunchly secular France, however, public signs of religion have been frowned upon since a 1905 law separated church and state.
French women see Islamic headscarves and veils as an affront to their dignity. They are banned in state schools and offices, and it is illegal to wear the full-face veil in public.
Nothing like asking women to oppress themselves in the 21st century, eh?