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More French towns adopt Burkinis' ban; clashes in Corsican beaches

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 06:29 UTC
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Cannes and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet also recently banned the burkini. Critics say the bans are discriminatory and could worsen tensions. Cannes and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet also recently banned the burkini. Critics say the bans are discriminatory and could worsen tensions.
The ruling upholding the ban on so-called burkinis fell as newspaper Nice Matin revealed that another Riviera town, Villeneuve-Loubet, had issued a similar ban. The ruling upholding the ban on so-called burkinis fell as newspaper Nice Matin revealed that another Riviera town, Villeneuve-Loubet, had issued a similar ban.

A French court has rejected a demand by a group of French Muslims in Cannes to overturn a ban on full-body, head-covering swimwear on city beaches. A lawyer for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France said after the decision Saturday by a court in nearby Nice that he would lodge an appeal with the Council of State, the highest administrative body in France.

 Sefen Guez Guez said by telephone the decision was made by a judge without a debate.

The ruling upholding the ban on so-called burkinis fell as the newspaper Nice Matin revealed that another Riviera town, Villeneuve-Loubet, had issued a similar ban.

France is at the height of vacation season, and on edge after deadly Islamic extremist attacks in Nice and on a Catholic church in northwest France.

The mayor of a Corsican town has banned full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” after a clash between local residents and Muslim bathers of North African origin.

Ange-Pierre Vivoni is the latest French mayor to prohibit the swimwear, which is worn by some Muslim women, in the wake of Islamic extremist attacks this summer.

Vivoni said on France-Info radio Monday that the ban in his town of Sisco is aimed at calming religious tensions and protecting Muslims.

The Interior Ministry says a clash Saturday in Sisco that left at least four people injured and three cars torched reportedly started over the presence of women in burkinis.

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  • Idlehands

    France preaches liberty and then legislates on what people can wear on a beach.
    This ban will not defeat Islamic terrorism, it just makes the French appear unable to make any concrete steps in that direction while taking their “revenge” on Muslim women.
    They need to start banging their fist on the table at the security council, not this nonsense.

    Aug 16th, 2016 - 09:28 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1

    You seem to have overlooked the real reasons governments do this: tan attempt to salve the terror being experienced by French people who, you have to admit, have had a fair amount of terror lately.

    The real problem is the interpretation of the Quran by 'Clerics' seemingly hell bent on converting as many kefirs as they can to their pre-medieval so called religion before they kill the remainder of us.

    “the French appear unable to make any concrete steps in that direction while taking their “revenge” on Muslim women.”

    So what would YOU do to prevent males dressing as females before murdering innocents?

    Aug 16th, 2016 - 11:23 am 0
  • Idlehands

    Oddly enough they aren't even Burkhas as you can still see the face. Are you claiming there has been a swathe of men dressed as women whipping out their AK47s?
    It's an imagined problem. All men need to do is ride a bike and wear a helmet to disguise themselves.
    I don't want women wearing burkhas but there's plenty of other stuff I don't want either but would be ridiculous to ban outright. eg football, federalism & flat packed furniture.

    Aug 16th, 2016 - 12:01 pm 0
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