Posted by: becketfund | July 22, 2010

France: Two Muslim Women Expelled from Swimming Pool

PORT LEUCATE – Two Muslim women wearing bukinis, swimming attire that covers the whole body, were banned from a public swimming pool at the Rives des Corbieres holiday camp in Southern France, the London Mail reported on July 22.  The incident came ten days after French MPs voted to outlaw the burka in public places.  The new law, which brands the garment ‘an insult to the country’s values’, means women will be fined or jailed for hiding their faces in public.  Regional government official Marie-Paule Bardeche said: ‘This is an issue stemming from the holiday centre’s own regulations. ‘They state men and women must wear ordinary swimwear for hygiene reasons.  Men are not even allowed to wear long shorts in the water.’

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