MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in August, the municipal authorities in a number of French coastal cities on the French Riviera, such as Nice, prohibited the burkini, a Muslim swimming suit covering the whole body, due to safety concerns. The authorities of 15 town have taken the measure since that time.
"Everything that can be seen as a wish to execrate, reproach Islam is reprehensible. The implementation of such bans should be done with prudence," Valls said as quoted by the BFM television broadcaster.
According to the French prime minister, such bans are necessary because it creates risk of public order violation, though, the main idea of banning burkini is fight for women's dignity.
"As for me, [burkini] is a symbol of women's enslavement, as if a woman's appearance in a public place is shameless," Valls added.
On Wednesday, media reported that French police had made a woman remove a part of clothes on a Nice beach over a recently imposed ban on burkini.