The French Senate has voted to ban the hijab at sporting events, arguing that neutrality is a requirement on the playing field, AFP reported.
France's top legislative chamber voted to amend a proposed law that would prohibit the wearing of "conspicuous religious symbols" when participating in events and competitions organized by sports federations.
The senators made it clear that the amendment was aimed at prohibiting "the wearing of the veil at sporting events." They added that hijabs could endanger the safety of athletes who wear them.
It is unclear whether the ban will be implemented during the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The vote comes a year after politicians in the lower house of the French parliament approved a bill to increase oversight of mosques, schools and sports clubs in an effort to protect France from radical Islamists and promote respect for French values.
The French soccer federation already bans women from wearing hijabs at official matches, as well as at competitions it organizes.