Paris suburb bans veiled Muslim fashion show

5th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - The Paris suburb of Montreuil-sous-Bois has banned two fashion shows featuring veiled Muslim women, saying the events -- closed to men -- could disrupt public order, officials said Monday.

PARIS, Oct 4 (AFP) - The Paris suburb of Montreuil-sous-Bois has banned two fashion shows featuring veiled Muslim women, saying the events -- closed to men -- could disrupt public order, officials said Monday.  

In an official order, a copy of which was sent to AFP, the town's authorities banned "Ready-to-wear for Muslim women", an event that was to have taken place in Montreuil-sous-Bois on Sunday and next Sunday, October 10.  

The order said the catwalk shows were banned as they aimed to "show the fashion relevance of items of clothing such as the hijab and the burqa", "trivialize the wearing of the Islamic headscarf" and were closed to men.  

"A serious disruption to public order could result," the order said.   Officials said the town, led by Communist-linked mayor Jean-Pierre Brard, made the decision after complaints from several pro-secularism associations.  

Police said the show scheduled for Sunday had not taken place, but an Internet chat room said the second catwalk event would go on as planned next Sunday somewhere in the Paris area, without naming a specific site.  

The announcement that the two shows organized by the "Jasmeen" label were cancelled came as spring-summer 2005 fashion week began in Paris, bringing together the world's elite designers for eight jam-packed days of shows.

 

© AFP

 

Subject: French News

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