'I Just Want To Go Swimming': Burkini Creator On French Ban

05 Septembre, 2016, 02:47 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • 'I Just Want To Go Swimming': Burkini Creator On French Ban

August 13: A second Riviera resort, Villeneuve-Loubet, bans burkinis, citing hygiene and safety as well as public order and religious considerations.

Protestors recently gathered outside the French embassy in London, asking people to "show solidarity with French Muslim women [and] call for the repeal of this oppressive law by the French Government".

France's top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world.

This article was originally published at 7:10 a.m.

"This positive step will bring an end to the nauseating story of the burkini", said Anouar Kbibech, president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (Conseil français du culte musulman, or CFCM).

Haziza is critical of those who wear the burkini, which he described as a sign of radicalization at the expense of integration.

The judges said there was no such risk in the case before the court concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, one of about 30 towns to have introduced the bans.

On Friday, France's highest court overturned a ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet saying that it infringed on people's "personal freedom" and "freedom of conscience". "We reject this vision of France".

"The Council of State ruling does not close the debate on the burkini", Valls said on Facebook. Logically the mayors should withdraw these ordinances.

As far as the burkini goes, I hate it. I have one, that I wrote about for a story.

After losing the office in 2011 to Francois Hollande, Sarkozy commenced his current presidential campaign with a speech denouncing minority groups, left-wing organisations and Muslims for "robbing" France of its identity.

Over the summer, France was deeply shaken by not only the slaughter in Nice, carried out by a Tunisian deliveryman, but also the killing two weeks later of a Roman Catholic priest celebrating Mass in northern France.

And a fourth passage listing the mahram, or male family members in whose presence the hijab is not required, says: "O Prophet!" The court, known as the Council of State, asserted that banning the swimwear "seriously and clearly illegally" violated freedom of belief and individual liberties.

But it's unclear how other towns with burkini bans will respond to Friday's decision.

Ange-Pierre Vivoni brought in the rule after a fight on a beach originally thought to have been sparked by the swimwear, which covers the body and hair. In one instance, a Muslim woman was told to remove the full-sleeved tunic she was wearing in front of everyone on the beach at Nice.

"I was sitting on a beach with my family", said the 34-year-old who gave only her first name, Siam. She said in a statement that lawmakers must vote "as quickly as possible" to extend a 2004 law that bans Muslim headscarves and other ostentatious religious symbols in classrooms to include all public spaces. "If I rocked up on the beach wearing a diving suit and a swimming head cap, if they knew I was Muslim they would tell me to get off", she says.

Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy notably called the burkini a "provocation" in a sentiment that was echoed by local officials.

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