Nice becomes the latest French town to ban burkinis because they are ‘incompatible with social relations’

Nice has become the latest French seaside resort to ban the burkini, the body-concealing Islamic swimsuit that has sparked heated debate in secular France, according to city officials.

Using language similar to bans imposed in a string of other towns on the French Riviera, the city barred apparel that ‘overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks’.

The ban in Nice referred specifically to last month’s Bastille Day truck attack in the city that claimed 85 lives as well as the murder 12 days later of a Catholic priest near the northern city of Rouen.