Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Supermarket designates separate shopping days for men and women
People in France, were angry after learning that a supermarket in Bordeaux, designated separate days for men and women in order to enforce sex segregation.
The owner of the store placed a notice about the sex segregation in the front window.
The sign in the window invites women to come shopping on Saturdays and Sundays, as the weekdays are reserved for men.
After being confronted by angry customers, Jean-Baptiste Michalon insisted that he acted in good faith by designating separate days for men and women.
Michalon said that numerous women asked him to implement female only shopping days. Michalon also said that his clients understand that the mixing of sexes is not allowed in religion.
Michalon pointed out that bathhouses also have separate hours for men and women. Michalon faces fines of up to 45,000 euros ($50,306) and up to three years in prison if convicted of sex discrimination.
Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppe said that the sign was in complete contradiction with the laws on equality. On Monday, Michalon removed the sign from his window.