French sporting goods retailer Decathlon has controversially decided to withdraw plans to launch a line of clothing with an Islamic veil for Muslim sportswomen after the products’ marketing sparked a major controversy among French politicians.

The company said on February 26 that it made “a conscious decision” to no longer advertise the product in France.

The decision came after the company sparked an earlier row by launching a special hijab, or headscarf, for Muslim women joggers, which r...

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