French Police's Burkini Patrol Forces Women to Strip on Beach
Aug 25 2016
On Tuesday, French police officers apparently made a woman take off some of her clothing on a beach in Nice, one of 15 towns that have now banned the burkini swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.
The incident has taken place at Nice beach and caused a wide media coverage after the photo showing four police officers standing over a woman removing her long-sleeved tunic emerged. The CFCM said it was also anxious about the photos that have emerged of a Muslim woman removing her tunic on a beach in Nice while surrounded by four police officers.
According to the localreports, another Muslim woman was fined and removed from the beach because she was wearing a traditional Islamic veil.
On Tuesday, in another similar incident, a mother-of-two in Cannes said she had been fined on the beach for wearing a tunic, leggings and a headscarf.
The 34-year-old French citizen was told she had broken the law even though she was not wearing a burkini. As she was leaving, people shouted racially charged insults at her.
"Her daughter was crying", she added. She wrote that the bans are a symptom of growing Islamophobia in the country following terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, and that "women's bodies, and their beachwear, are the prime targets".
The garment is now at the center of controversy in France, as 15 towns in the country's southeast have banned the full-body two-piece following a string of deadly attacks linked to Islamic militants.
"I'm an Aussie chick, I've been here all my life", she said.
Just 12 days later a Catholic priest was brutally murdered near the northern city of Rouen.
She said: "I saw three police officers watching the beach".
In France, I would easily be wearing the same amount of clothing as the woman the police approached: the only difference is the colour of the clothing, and my skin tone and religion.
Several other cities on France's Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have banned burkinis this summer following heightened tensions in France preceded by series of attacks by the Islamist State.
Moshe Sebbag said the mayors who banned the burkini "understood this is not about women's liberty to dress modestly, but a statement as to who will rule here tomorrow".