The mayor of Cannes in southern France has banned the full- body swimsuit known as burkinis from the beach, Citing that it’s a public order concern.
It has also been ruled that anyone caught disregarding the new rule could face a fine of 38 euros I.e., 33 pounds. They will first be asked to change their swimming costume or leave the beach.
When you think about it, in other words by banning the burkinis France is indirectly banning Muslim women from swimming by the beach.
When you go through the restrictions that France placed, you will find that this is not the first time that Muslim women’s clothing has been restricted.
Let’s take a look at 2011 France became the first country in Europe to ban the full-face Islamic veil, known as the burqa as well as the partial face covering, which is known as the niqab.
Earlier this week a private water park near Marseille cancelled a burkini only day after being subjected to criticism.
The ruling are as follows:
‘’ access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism.
‘’ 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.’’
Mr lisnard made it clear to the local media that other religious symbols such as the kippa the Jewish skull cap and the cross would still be permitted, and the ban would not apply to the veil that some Muslim women wear over their head.
He said: ‘’ I simply forbid a uniform that is the symbol of Islamic extremism. We live in a common public space, there are rules to follow.’’
The League of human right LDH said it would challenge the ban in court.
The local LDH leader Herve lavisse said: ‘’ it is time for politicians in this region to calm their discriminatory ardour in defend the spirit of the Republic.’’
The collective against Islamophobia in France CCIF is also expected to Mount a legal challenge against the decision. Its lawyer Sefen Guez Guez call the ban ‘’ illegal, discriminatory and unconstitutional’’.