The investigation was launched by France 2 TV with the aid of Brigade Des Mères (BDM) group which aims to restore gender equality across France.
Two BDM representatives – both women – carried out a social experiment. They chose Sevran commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris and analyzed the reaction of local men towards women. The response was probably well-suited to some neighborhood in Saudi Arabia, the women later said.
In one café, which solely consisted of male customers, they received a cold welcome. The women were asked if they were looking for a “man.”
“There are men in the café,” explains one of the men to them, while the women respond: “It’s OK, in the world there are men and women.”
Answering the question if such behavior is normal, the men in the café answer: “It’s Sevran, not Paris. We have a different mentality.”
“It’s not like in France, it is like back home!” one of the men says.
“But it’s France,” one of the women replies. Sevran is located 16km from the center of the French capital.
Later in the video the camera captures a woman dressed in burqa, a full-body cloak worn by some Muslim women.
All dialogues were filmed with secret cameras. BDM later wrote that in some neighborhoods in France women have become “undesirable in public places.”
Walking in a skirt or having a coffee on the terrace can become a real challenge for them,” the group said.