Staff accused the company that forcing female employees to wear clothing that is “ostentatious religious signs”, contrary to French law. Union leaders say that the dress code is an attack on individual freedoms and insists that the measure be voluntary one. Air France claims that the rules are not new and that they have already been applied to flight attendants during the stops in Saudi Arabia, where the stewardesses were required to wear dresses abaya that covers the entire body. Air France will, as from 17 April three daily flights to the capital of Iran, eight years after they were stopped because of international sanctions imposed on Tehran after labor conflict will be resolved. They were raised in January after Iran agreed to disband its nuclear program. According to a member of the union committee and staff at Air France, Christophe Pillet, quoted by the British newspaper The Guardian, the instructions were generating concern and opposition side. “Every day we receive calls from flight attendant worried that say they do not want to wear the scarf on her head,” said Pillet AFP, adding that the company’s management has already taken into account the possibility of penalties against staff neobedient regarding new dress code. Another union representative, Françoise Redolfi, told RFI that female staff is forced to wear religious symbols and that girls should be allowed to choose what they want to dress.
From 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranian women were asked to have his head covered. In France, head scarves are banned in schools and colleges, and cover the body with veils are banned in public places. This wave of criticism on the decision of Air France comes several days after the minister for women’s rights French, Laurence Rossignol, has given rise to controversy after comparing women who choose to wear the veil – including the burqa and niqab – with “black Americans supporting slavery. ”