French police force woman to remove ‘burkini’ on beach: media
French police forced a woman on a Nice beach to remove her “burkini” after the city, along with several others, banned the body- and head-covering swimming garment, according to media reports.
A woman in Cannes reported that she was fined on the beach while wearing leggings, a tunic, and a headscarf, according to the Guardian. The AFP news agency said her ticket described her as not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.
The burkini ban came amid fierce debate over women’s rights and the French Republic’s secularism. Those in support of the ban argue that the burkini is a political symbol.
Last week, Nice banned clothing that “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.
The ban specifically refers to the truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice on Bastille Day last month, as well as the murder of a Catholic priest in Rouen.
Prominent members of France’s Jewish community have defended the bans, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Moshe Sebbag, the rabbi of the Grand Synagogue of Paris, told Jewish Telegraph Agency that the issue is “complicated”. He argued that mayors instituting the ban “understood this is not about women’s liberty to dress modestly, but a statement as to who will rule here tomorrow.
“They understand today there’s a religious war, a takeover of the secular establishment of the French republic and this is what
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