Air France will resume its direct Paris–Tehran flight after a gap of eight years following a thawing in relations between the West and the Islamic state. However, not everyone is pleased with the new three-times-a-week service.
The announcement of the new route, which will start April 17 and was confirmed on the airline's website, was met by protests from female members of the Air France crew who are refusing to wear loose-fitting clothes and headscarves once they land in Iran, as requested by the airline in an internal memo.
Representatives of the Air France female crew say the order goes against French law and should be voluntary. Headscarves worn for religious purposes in France are banned in public places including schools and offices, and it is illegal to wear the full-face Muslim veil in public.