French police make woman resting on Nice beach remove 'burkini'

Published: August 24, 2016
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French police asked a woman on Tuesday to remove a ‘burkini’ on a packed Nice beach in connection with a divisive ban on the swimwear.

Photographs showing police confronting the woman have emerged. At least four police officers can be seen standing over a woman resting on the shore at Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, the sight of last month’s Bastille Day attack.

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After the police arrive, the woman can be seen removing a blue garment, as one of the officers appears to be taking notes. The photos emerged following similar confrontations in Cannes where ten burkini wearing Muslim women have been apprehended by police in the three weeks since the imposition of a temporary ban on the garment.

PHOTO: Guardian/Vantagenews

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Nice has become the latest French seaside resort to ban the burkini, an issue that has sparked heated debate in secular France. Using language similar to bans imposed in a string of other towns on the French Riviera, the city barred apparel that “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.

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The wording of the ban in Nice refers specifically to last month’s Bastille Day attack that claimed 86 lives as well as the murder of a Catholic priest near the northern city of Rouen 12 days later. Besides Nice and Cannes 14 other towns in the southeast, as well as others elsewhere in France, have already banned the burkini.

This article originally appeared on The Guardian

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Reader Comments (21)

  • BrainBro
    Aug 24, 2016 - 12:31PM

    It is the law of the land. Obey it or don’t come to the beach.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 24, 2016 - 2:55PM

    …….and then there are laws that go too far.Recommend

  • pk
    Aug 24, 2016 - 3:03PM

    Why only Muslim’s anywere in the world act in an alien way to the native culture. This shows their contempt for the natives. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 24, 2016 - 3:26PM

    MAdam please build a private pool and wear whatever you like. Recommend

  • point
    Aug 24, 2016 - 5:10PM

    @pk:
    what alien way Mr. They simply want to wear what they like. Just like the others don’t want to wear!!
    I guess you need to explain your logic to modi who is alien to what kashmiris want!!Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 24, 2016 - 5:22PM

    One should differentiate between these Arab and North African Muslims and the rest of Muslim world: France; Belgium or Germany have serious problems mainly with Arabic speaking Muslims. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 24, 2016 - 5:37PM

    A lesson to follow the law must be taughtRecommend

  • Sanjeev
    Aug 24, 2016 - 5:46PM

    @goggi (lahore), pl include pakistani muslims in your list as well- all terror incidents do hv this inevitable connection everywhere. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 24, 2016 - 6:54PM

    For all those who disapprove of what this lady doing,shes doing well to safeguard her imaan.Everybody has a right to do what to do but they will be questioned in the hereafter.Islam is the fastest religion in Europe and all reverts are converting to IslamRecommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 24, 2016 - 7:34PM

    @Sanjeev:
    in your blind hatred you are totally off the topic! Recommend

  • True
    Aug 24, 2016 - 8:16PM

    @point:
    Exactly … so what about minorities in your country bro. Do you allow them live freely & breathe freely or your logic is selective to chosen few. It’s easy to point fingers & by the way what Modi wants is not nose poking by others … easy to understand.Recommend

  • zahid
    Aug 25, 2016 - 12:01AM

    This is pathetic. You can’t wear bikinis in Pakistan and cannot wear Burkinis is France. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:05AM

    @Parvez:
    “…….and then there are laws that go too far.”
    Agreed, such as places of non Muslim worship are not allowed in Saudi Arabia and non Muslims cannot stand for high office in Pakistan and Ahmidiyas have to declare their true religion in their passports in Pakistan.
    You are right when laws go too far the nation in question becomes a failed nation. That is what Pakistan is today.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:09AM

    @point:
    Can I assume you were educated and brainwashed at a madrassa? Mr Modi is the PM of India and he has the duty of maintaining law and order in his own country just like the Pakistan government does not allow non Muslims to hold high office. I suppose you approve it. If you do, you need medical help.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:11AM

    @Mohammed:
    It is also the most hated religion. It is now on a downward spiral and if it does not change it will be confined to the history books.Recommend

  • syed mahmood
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:12AM

    @BrainBro:
    Law to get naked. Okay got it.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:14AM

    @Mohammed:
    So do you disagree when Mr Musharraf said:
    “Today we (Muslims) are the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most un-enlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race”
    Note he said “most illiterate”, “most backward”, “weakest of all”. Do you agree or disagree with him?Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 25, 2016 - 2:09AM

    French trying to make religion less public is probably OK – less friction. Making someone remove their bathing suit in public – really? Goes to show you that politicians are stupid creatures no matter what country they are from. Recommend

  • Shruti
    Aug 25, 2016 - 2:11AM

    Are you Iqbal or Kali Das?@Iqbal: Recommend

  • Maria
    Aug 25, 2016 - 3:18AM

    @Iqbal: No one cares about what Musharraf did or didn’t say. He was just a dictator who ruled for 10 years bringing shame and instability to the nation before he ran away for urgent ” health care”. The issue here is why anyone who is so religious and modest to wear a burkina and be all covered up would want to go to a beech where she would be exposed to semi nude men and women. Is it not better for her to avoid such places at all to respect her faith? In Islam practicing Muslims should avoid, night clubs, beeches, and other places where unislamic practices are taking place. So the beech should be banned for religious people to protect their eyes too.Recommend

  • Anonyomous
    Aug 26, 2016 - 7:32PM

    @Maria You are certainly right that it does not seem proper for Muslim women to go on beaches. However, given that someone with peculiar ways and ideas chooses to do so, is it proper for policemen to force her to strip?Recommend

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