The mayor of the French Riviera resort of Cannes has banned women from wearing burkinis on the beach.
Anyone caught wearing the full-body swimsuit will be asked to change into different swimwear, leave the beach altogether, or face a fine of €38 ($42), the BBC reports.
“I simply forbid a uniform that is the symbol of Islamic extremism,” Lisnard said, noting that the ruling does not ban the veil, Jewish kippah, or the cross.
The order signed by mayor David Lisnard states that access to beaches and swimming are banned for those who wear “improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism.” It goes on to say: Earlier this week, a water park in Marseille cancelled a pre-planned burkini-only day at the venue, saying that public order was being compromised by “extreme ideological positions.”
The secular nation is home to one of the EU’s largest Muslim populations, and has had a controversial history of clamping down on religious clothing, becoming the first country in Europe to ban the burqa and the niqab veils in 2011. In 2015, a Muslim student was banned from school for wearing a long black skirt that, according to the school principal, “conspicuously” showed religious affiliation. Read more