Several French towns and cities have banned burkinis from their beaches this summer , sparking outcry from religious groups who say the moves are discriminatory and illegal. A Muslim woman wears a burkini on a beach in Marseille, France, on August 17. Reuters advertisement In levying the bans, local authorities have cited security and the risks of public disorder amidst the ongoing terror threat. France’s southern Muslim federation has fired back and said the bans seek only to stigmatize and inflame religious tensions, showing the country has taken a “grave turn.” Play Mounting Outcry Over France Burkini Ban 0:43 autoplay autoplay Copy this code to your website or blog Shafeeq Younus (@Y2SHAF) August 24, 2016 Prime Minister Manuel Valls appeared to defend the bans in an interview with BFM TV , saying that burkinis are a “symbol” of the “enslavement of women.” The French League of Human Rights has appealed to the Council of State to rule on whether the ordinance in Villeneuce-Loubet banning “all persons not wearing proper” attire from the beach is legal. So Sarkozy calls the burkini a ‘provocation.’ Whether women cover or uncover their bodies, seems we’re always, always ‘asking for it.’ advertisement The Council of State is expected to rule within 48 hours. Social-media was alight with critique over the ban and a protest was organized outside of the French embassy in London. “No to Islamophobia, yes to Burkinis”. This is the London I love. #WearWhatYouWant protest outside French Embassy.
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