‘We have to remind people they are French first and Muslim second’

The first mayor to impose France’s burkini ban insists he only made the ruling to keep the peace and is determined to extend the order despite the international controversy.

Henri Leroy, mayor of Mandelieu-La Napoule, told the MailOnline he believes it to be crucial to the country’s future as a republic.

The original ban was supposed to end next week, on August 31, but will now run until the end of September.

The move came as former French President Nicholas Sarkozy waded into the debate, describing wearing a burkini as a ‘provocative and militant’ act.

  • irishrus

    That’s fine if they want to apply that to Islamists… but as for Canada and many in the U.S. I’m sure Its God First, Family Second, Country no better than 3rd and a lot farther down the list in many books than 3ed and Provinces and States even further.

  • BillyHW

    But the problem is they aren’t really French at all, are they?

    • ismiselemeas

      They’re all part of the French ummah.

      • Alain

        Eliminate the adjective “French” and you got it.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The most effective way to keep the peace is to expel the Muslims.

  • mauser 98

    …death wish

    Merkel wants the European Union (EU) to extend the Turkey migrant deal to North Africa

  • politicallynaive

    But in their mind they think of themselves as Muslim first and french second….Their religion is above everything and comes first….

    • Alain

      French nationality is just something of convenience for them allowing them to collect what they consider their rightful entitlements: welfare, housing and health care.