After a group of Muslim women have pronounced a ban on swimming in burkinis at a public pool, locals have threatened to be naked.
Public swimming pools in Grenoble, France – where the weather has peaked at 104 degrees – requires women to wear uniform swimwear "close to the body", apparently for hygiene and safety purposes. (Men must wear Speedo-type panties over trunks or board shorts.) But last month, a group of about 17 women came to a pool in burkinis and filmed for bathing "to defend religious freedom." "Operation Burkini", as the action has been called, was launched by members of the Citizen Alliance of Grenoble group.
According to local reports, the women were cheered by spectators.
But after their dip they were fined € 35 (about $ 40) each and banned from the pool for a month.
Without a doubt, they have planned another burkini invasion for this Sunday and are noticing "the Muslim Rosa Parks" in France for their efforts to combat discrimination in public accommodation.
As a reaction, some locals have planned a rival action ̵
Proponents say the ban has nothing to do
"Republican principles must protect their freedom of conscience: A public service must be open to everyone", Adrien Roux, Citizen Alliance & # 39; s national chief, Le Figaro . "Some believe these are Islamists who want to break out chaos in France. They only ask for the rules to take account of diversity."
But opponents claim that it is part of an ongoing attempt to desecularise France .
Amine El-Khatmi from the left-wing pro-secular group of Republican Spring, warned, "Next time it will be:" We want to order the whole pot because we cannot bathe with others. ""
"" It is not poor Muslim mothers who are looking forward to the heat, "he added," but political militants in the workplace. "El-Khatmi insists that if men are to wear Speedos, women must also hold onto dense uniform suits.
In the controversy, the two public pools in the town of Jean Bron and Les Duaphins de Grenoble are closed on Wednesday and Thursday as lifeguards said they did not be able to focus on their life-saving work in connection with protests and counter-tests.
"We are working on a positive solution" to the problem, a representative from Grenoble City Hall insisted. However, the city has made it clear that lifting the burkini ban will not be part of that solution.
The Quran encourages women to observe modesty or haya in dress. Burkini was originally designed by Australian designer Aheda Zanetti to cover the entire body with the exception of the face, hands and feet, while still enough light to swim in.
Since their introduction, burkinis have begun to appear in offers from ordinary designers: Cynthia Rowley designed a burkini worn by model activist Halima Aden in 2019 S ports Illustrated swimsuit problem.
In France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, a number of cities began banning burkinis in 2016, claiming they were security threats.
Then Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that just breasts were more representative of France than a scarf: Marianne, the national personification of the republic, "has a naked breast because she feeds the people!" he argued. "She's not blurred because she's free! It's the republic!"