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Published on : Saturday, August 13, 2016
The ruling, signed off by the Mayor, said, “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism.”
It also said, “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.”
The head of municipal services, Thierry Migoule informed that they are not banning the wearing of religious symbols to the beach but only the clothing, which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements.
The ruling got signed on 28th July by Lisnard, one of the members of the centre-Right Les Republicans party. Since then, according to Migoule, none of the beaches of Cannes witnessed any burkini-clad woman.
The continuous attacks by terrorist groups eventually gave birth to this ruling. Earlier, a water park in Marseille cancelled a private event for burkini-clad Muslim women after protests from Right and Left politicians.