French clothing salesman Decathlon has refused to sell hijab for women participating in France after a public protest.
The company said it has decided to stop the product after a "wave of insults" and "unprecedented threats".
French politicians said the "running hijab" was against the country's secular values, and some MPs offered a boycott of the brand.
Decathlon originally stood by the hijab, which is already sold in Morocco.
on how Muslim women dress publicly often provokes controversy in France.
"We make a decision … not to release this product in France at the time," said Xavier Rivoire, a spokesman for Decathlon on Tuesday.
Earlier, he told the AFP agency that the initial decision was to make "the sport accessible to all women in the world." [1
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The simple, light headdress that covered the hair and not the face had to be put on sale in 49 countries since March.
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Buckling Under Pressure
The French company said it had received 500 calls and emails to complain about its "hijab" , as part of his staff was offended and even physically threatened.
Health Minister Anes Bussin told RTL that although such a product is not forbidden in France, "this is a vision of women I do not share." I would have preferred if the French mark did not promote the headscarf.
The speaker of President Emanuel Macron en Marche party Aurore Bergé also discusses the issue in Twitter which suggests a boycott.
"My choice as a woman and a citizen would be to not trust a brand that is breaking away from our values," she said.
Reply to Ms. Berge on Twitter Decathlon "Our goal is simple: to offer [women who run with an often unsuitable hijab] an adapted sporting product without appreciation."
Later, the giant of sports goods said it wants to restore peace after the "violent" reaction that goes beyond our desire to meet the needs of our customers. "
France and Islamic Clothes
France argues that any external religious symbol such as the veil does not support the appearance of the neutrality required by students and public sector workers under the strict laws of the country for secular behavior. is permitted in public spaces in France, but is banned in public schools and some public buildings since 2004
In 2016, many French regions banned the burkins – a swimsuit of the whole body – from its beaches. Later the bans were recognized as illegal by France's highest court.
These bans have led bands to blame France for Islamophobia and stigmatization of Muslim women after they have banned full coverage in 2010