Burkini and French Secularism

State secularism is one of the guiding principles of French society, but, in recent years, “laïcité” has been wielded like a weapon against the Muslim community.

In response to recent terror attacks, some French leaders are taking a hard look at beach-appropriate fashion. Cannes Mayor David Lisnard announced on July 28 that the burkini, a modest swimwear option associated with Muslim women, would no longer be allowed on the city’s beaches. Several cities followed the example.



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