Nice and fifteen other cities in France have banned burkinis, swimsuits some Muslim women wear that cover their bodies to the same extent as a burqa. French authorities have justified the ban by saying that the clothing poses a threat to the nation’s secular culture, particularly in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice. Disturbing photos surfaced over the weekend of a woman on a beach in Nice being forced remove her clothing by armed police. The woman was a mother of two who’s family has lived in France for three generations. Women wearing a burkini can be fined €38 in some towns and The woman in the Nice photographs reportedly received a ticket for her choice of clothing. The policing of muslim women’s clothing in the France has met with widespread criticism, with many saying the policy conflicts with the country’s purported support of equality for women. France’s State Council is currently reviewing the constitutionality of the bans.
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