French connections

Understanding the burkini ban

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.08.16: This week we wade into the controversy of the summer: the burkini ban. Several French mayors have banned the modest swim suit worn by some Muslim women citing public security and the need to defend state secularism. The local bylaws have sparked widespread outrage. Critics accuse the mayors of stigmatizing French Muslims and opening a Pandora’s box of religious intolerance.