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As France bans burkinis, here's a look at the fashion

Catch Team | Updated on: 20 August 2016, 22:29 IST

After Cannes and 10 other cities, Nice has become the latest place in France to announced a ban on Burkinis - swimsuits intended to comply with Islamic law.

Photo: AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

French prime minister Manuel Valls who recently banned the burkini, described the full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women as an unpatriotic garment based "on the enslavement of women".

Photo: AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

The bans on the clothing have come thick and fast following a brawl that broke out on a beach near the town of Disco, in upper Corsica last Saturday. The fight began as a result of young locals began taking pictures of North African families wearing burkinis.

Photo: AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA
Photo: AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID

The ban has provoked strong criticism from Muslim groups and anti-discrimination organisations, who say that women should have the freedom to dress as they wish. It is still unclear how the ban will be enforced, though recently 3 women in Cannes were fined 38 euros for wearing burkinis.

France has already faced a controversial country-wide "burqa-ban", which outlaws full-face veils in public.

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Photo: AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA

(Photos and text curated by Sehar Qazi)

First published: 20 August 2016, 22:29 IST
 
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