This file photo taken on September 29, 2014 shows French Junior Minister for Family Affairs, Laurence Rossignol attending a press conference to present the draft law for the financing of the social security in 2015 in Paris. / AFP / DOMINIQUE FAGET
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France's women's rights minister faced growing criticism Thursday, including calls on social media to resign, after comparing women who wear the Muslim headscarf and veil to "negroes who supported slavery".The League of French Muslim Women also condemned her comments, calling them "dangerous and irresponsible" and reminding her that women who wear the veil and headscarf were the main victims of racist attacks in the street.She told AFP the n-word was a reference to an abolitionist tract by the French philosopher Montesquieu, "On the Enslavement of Negroes".Her controversial remarks came as she was asked about the wave of big fashion chains that have followed the Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana in catering specifically to the Muslim market, creating lines of hajib headscarves and "burqini" all-body swimming costumes.
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