Cannes has banned burkinis from its beaches

Cannes has banned burkinis from its beaches


Text: Anna McClelland

At the height of Europe's summer holidays, a new ruling targeting Muslim women's swimwear is being introduced

The French Riviera remains on high alert after the tragic Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, when the Islamic State sent a truck into the crowds that killed 85 people. Now, the resort town of Cannes has introduced a ban on 'burkinis' - the full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women at the beach - for security reasons.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard has called the head-covering swimsuits "the symbol of Islamic extremism", according to Agence-France Presse, saying, "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." The ban has already come into effect, with violators risking a €38 fine. Under the ruling, Muslim women may still wear veils to cover their hair.

Cannes has banned burkinis from its beaches (фото 1)

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