David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, has banned burkinis, or full body swimsuits with head coverings, from the beach on the basis of public concern. This comes shortly after the Bastille Day attacks in Nice, France, which left 85 people dead.
France has been the target of terrorist attacks, with three occurring over the past 18 months in major the metropolises and tourist destinations of Paris and Nice. Located in the south of France, Cannes is also popular and expensive tourist destination, housing an annual star-studded film festival.
Citing fears of a similar attack, Lisnard has deemed the modest swimsuit a “symbol of Islamic extremism,” potentially causing public unrest. In 2010, France banned full and partial face coverings, in addition to burqas and all full body suits, including zentais.
The Burkini ban reads 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.”
Nevertheless, religious attire, including the kippah, a Jewish skullcap, and the veil that Muslim women use to sometimes cover their hair (but not their face) will be allowed. However, head coverings like below, are not:
Thierry Migoule, head of Munincipal Services of Cannes, stated, “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.”
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