Europe Debates the Burkini

The French city of Nice has lifted a controversial ban on Muslim burkinis after a court ruled such prohibitions illegal. Bans on the full-body swimsuits have also been annulled in Cannes, Fréjus, Roquebrune and Villeneuve-Loubet, but they remain in place in at least 25 other French coastal towns.

The row over burkinis — a neologism blending burka and bikini — has reignited a long-running debate over Islamic dress codes in France and other secular European states

  • Editor

    Better than nothing I suppose but it’s treating the symptom, not the cause.

    • It is a political act, an FU to to the host society.

      • Editor

        Exactly. An explicit, public rejection of the host country’s values and traditions. Aposematism, albeit quite monochromatic in this case, also comes to mind. An outward sign of not even wanting contact with their new society.

      • Exile1981

        Actually I think we shouldn’t ban the burkinni, instead we should encourage them to add a 100lb “stone of shame” to the outfit; which should decrease the number of repeat wearers.

  • Linda1000

    That picture is exactly why I stopped swimming in public pools years ago. Who in the hell wants to swim in water where all those bags of clothes with who knows what kind of germs or bacteria are floating in the water? It’s difficult enough keeping water in public pools sanitized with minimal clothing so that’s one reason for wearing swimsuits in the first place. The purpose of the shower before entering a pool is to wash off some of the body oils and skin bacteria which doesn’t happen when skin is fully covered.

  • motheroftheBeave

    Who cares about these ugly schmattes. These bans are nothing but a diversion from the real threats. If the French authorities were actually serious about protecting their citizens they would be going into the banlieues with flamethrowers and cleaning them out. In a sane world, after the killings in Paris, Nice, etc., etc., the French would be jailing and deporting the members of this cult en masse.

  • FactsWillOut

    Perhaps legislation that they be made out of lead is in order?

  • Barrington Minge

    is that Fatty Kardashian?