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Muslim fashion designer Aheda Zanetti (L) makes adjustments to the "burqini," and Islamic swimsuit worn by Australian model Mecca Laalaa in this photo. (ANOEK DE GROOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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French mayor outlaws burqinis on beaches in response to terror fears

By WITW Staff on August 12, 2016

The mayor of Cannes, the city on the French Riviera famed for its prestigious film festival, has officially banned beachgoers from wearing burqinis there. A Burqini is a women’s full-body swimsuit that features a hood to keep the head covered and is worn by Muslim women in order to maintain traditional modest dress even while at the beach. David Lisnard, Cannes’ mayor, signed the legislation late last month in response to recent deadly terror attacks in France that ISIS claimed responsibility for, but news of the law is just making headlines.

The new law states that “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 (crowds, scuffles etc.) which it is necessary to prevent.” Thierry Migoule, the town’s head of municipal services, elaborated the rationale behind the law. “We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach,” Miguole said, adding that the ban outlaws “ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements, which are at war with us.” France has already banned Muslim women from wearing a veil covering the face in public and the issue is a hot topic there and throughout Europe. In Germany, government officials are pursuing legislation that would outlaw Muslim women from wearing burqas or niqabs in public.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.


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