The Debate

France burkini row: Three seaside towns ban Muslim body-covering swimwear

This year the bikini celebrates its 70th anniversary. But the once so scandalous swimwear has an even more controversial rival today: The more modest “burkini”. The Islamic swimwear has provoked outcry in parts of France, resulting in three coastal cities banning the burkini from their beaches. So just what is France's problem with the burkini? Is this overzealous reaching on the part of the state, or should women just accept the secular nature of the Republic and show some skin?


Produced by Charles WENTE, François WIBAUX and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.

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