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'Burkini' wear banned at beaches of Cannes

August 12, 2016

The mayor of Cannes, the French resort town, has announced a ban on the wearing of "burkinis"-- the full-length swimsuits worn by Muslim women. 

Mayor David Lisnard said that the ban will be instituted for the sake of public order, because burkinis are a "symbol of Islamic extremism." 

Critics of the policy promptly observed that French law prohibits the wearing of veils that cover the face in public, but does not prohibit women from covering their bodies. Ironically, the beaches at Cannes are famous for topless bathing. 

 
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  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Aug. 17, 2016 6:32 PM ET USA

    I actually applaud these women, and I think we Christians can learn a thing or two from them about modesty. We have been adversely affected by our culture to the extent that we no longer blush at immodesty. Men mowing their front lawns without a shirt, women wearing shorts so tight you can't tell if they're out trying to get in or in trying to get out--these are common sights that would have made our ancestors blush. We can learn from the Amish, too, in this regard.

  • Posted by: space15796 - Aug. 17, 2016 11:17 AM ET USA

    Why are these women, if they are so conservative, going to such a beach anyway?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 15, 2016 10:40 AM ET USA

    As long as the "burkinis" are not skin-tight, and they don't appear to be if the photograph in the cited BBC article is a valid indication, then I would support the wearing of them. I was so embarrassed when visiting a beach in Saint-Tropez in the 1970s that I hid behind a sand dune. I saw a guy video recording a naked woman laying on the beach. Most of the prettiest women were wearing swim suits on this "nude" beach, so I didn't feel out of place in mine. My first and last visit to this beach.