The French Riviera resort of Cannes has banned women from wearing burkinis, otherwise known as full-body swimsuits, because they “symbolise Islamist extremism”.
Me Sefen Guez Guez, CFIC lawyer announced he would appeal against that order to the State Council, the highest French administrative court, arguing that “this decision opens the door to banning all religious symbols in public space “. City ordinances in Cannes effectively forbade the burkini as well as swimwear that “ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are now the target of terrorist attacks”. The same laws ban public school girls from wearing headscarves while attending class. Violators risk a 38 euro (£32) fine.
Cannes is less than 20 miles from Nice, where Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel ploughed a lorry into a crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks, killing 85 people.
Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. He also thinks that they are could spark violent incidents, due to the religious nature of the clothing.
The League of Human Rights said in a statement that it would challenge the “burkini” ban in court.
Women who violate the burkini ban will be issued a warning and asked to change out of their swimsuit.
Under the so-called 2011 “burqa-ban” in France, women are barred form wearing full face veils in public but they are not banned from wearing burqinis, which normally cover the whole body, but the face.
There is uproar in France after the controversial decision to ban the burkini on Cannes’ beaches. However, no woman has so far been fined since the law went into effect in July.
Although the ban seems to have been crafted primarily to apply to burkinis, Mayor Lisnard told a local paper that it could also apply to Indian saris.
And France’s Socialist Party has said this kind of rule would “play into the hands of religious fundamentalists”.
France has been blighted with a huge number of terror attacks, including the recent truck attack in Nice, just along the coast and many people in France have demanded that the Government act against potential terrorist.
Mayor Luca referred to the attacks in disputing charges that the burkini ban was discriminatory, saying it was intended “to avoid any disturbance to public order in the region which was hit by attacks”.
Two weeks later, after extremists killed a Catholic priest near Rouen, Muslims across France attended Mass in a symbol of solidarity and a denunciation of terrorism.