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French Mayor Banned Burkinis From Cannes Beaches

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French Mayor Banned Burkinis From Cannes Beaches

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One month after a terror attack in Nice left 84 dead, French Mayor David Lisnard has banned full body swim suits—also known as “Burkinis”—from beaches in the French Riveria, due to growing “terror concerns.”

The mayor has issued an ordinance stating that those who break this new temporary ban can be fined €38: “A beach outfit showing in an ostentatious manner a religious affiliation, given that France and religious places are currently the target of terrorist acts, has the nature of creating risks of troubles of public order (mobs, conflicts, etc.) that are necessary to be prevented,” according to the new law. Lisnard also referred to burkinis as “the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion.”

Despite this being the French government’s attempt to decrease terror concerns, this casual act of Islamophobia has only isolated Muslim women even more. Sociologist Agnes De Feo started interviewing women in 2009 about the social impacts the burqa laws have on them: “Almost all the people wearing the niqab in France today started after the law [was implemented],” she explained to The Washington Post. “The women wearing the niqab before the law now stay at home and now they never go outside.”