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France bans Burkini’s over ‘Ostentatious display of religious affiliation’

Burkinis banned on France’s Cannes beaches by mayor

An image of a woman wearing a burkini
Forbidden: a burkini-clad woman on the beach

by Agence France-Presse
11 August 2016 • 9:48pm

The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis – full-body swimsuits – on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday.

Mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism”, which is a founding principle of the French republic.

“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order (crowds, scuffles etc) which it is necessary to prevent,” it says.

A woman wearing a burkini
‘Ostentatious display of religious affiliation’

Thierry Migoule, head of municipal services for the town, sought to clarify the ruling’s intent.

“We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach … but ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us,” he said.

On July 14 the nearby Riviera city of Nice was the target of an attack claimed by  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which killed 85 people, when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds celebrating the French national holiday.

On July 26 a priest was killed in his church in northwestern France by two attackers who had proclaimed their allegiance to Isil.

Islamic dress is a contentious issue in France, where the full-face veil is banned in public places. But there is no ban on wearing religious symbols or clothing.

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Mr Migoule said that no burkini had been seen on any beach in Cannes since the ruling was signed on July 28 by Lisnard, a member of the centre-Right Les Republicains party.

Earlier this week a waterpark in nearby Marseille cancelled plans to host a private event for Muslim women wearing burkinis after protests from politicians on both the Right and the Left.

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5 thoughts on “France bans Burkini’s over ‘Ostentatious display of religious affiliation’

  1. In addition to zesting up one’s social life, skinny dipping fulfills one’s vitamin D requirements and repels Muslims. Win, win, win.


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